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Born February 1, 1914 on the family farm south of LaBelle, MO, she was the youngest of eight children; two brothers and five sisters of Harry and Violet Naysmith Dedrick.
After graduating from the LaBelle High School she moved to Kansas City, MO and attended business school for one year. She went to work as a mail order clerk for Emery Bird & Thayer Department Store.
In 1941 she moved to Washington, D.C. where she was employed as a secretary in the Department of Navy, later working as a secretary to a highly decorated U.S. Naval Representative, Admiral Kent Hewitt of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations until the end of World War II.
In 1945 she moved to New York where she met and married Henry M. Ruppel on October 1, 1949. She continued to work for the Department of the Navy as a military staff member for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Mr. and Mrs. Ruppel retired to Hendersonville, NC and built a house, traveled, enjoyed gardening and doing volunteer work. In their years of traveling she went to every state except for Oregon and although she hadn’t been there she flew over Mt. St. Helen after the eruption and could see the side of the mountain gone. One of the highlights of her travels was going to Finland and then on to the Arctic Circle.
After 32 years of marriage, Harry passed away January 21, 1982. In 1989 she moved to Quincy, IL to be near family. She worked as a volunteer at the Illinois Veteran’s Home and for the Salvation Army. She was also an active member of the Melrose Chapel Methodist Church.
For the past three years Mrs. Ruppel has resided at Country Aire Retirement Estates at Lewistown, MO where she enjoyed the other residents and participating in activities.
Mrs. Ruppel was also preceded in death by two brothers, William E. and James N. Dedrick and five sisters: Jean Sellers, Grace and Edith Dedrick, Mary Miller and Harriet Smith; four great nieces: Mary V. Graham, Marjorie June Morrow, Billie Rae Allison and Ann Bisser; one nephew, Richard “Dick” Smith and one great nephew, Stephen Sellers.
Surviving are nieces and nephews including Bill and Joerine Sellers, Bob and Jan Sellers and Barbara Ruppel. Also surviving are many great nieces and great nephews.
At her request Mrs. Ruppel has been cremated and a private graveside service will be held at a later time at LaBelle Cemetery at LaBelle, MO. Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Ruppel may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. The memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.