Brieanne Louise Rippy
Brieanne Louise Rippy passed away peacefully June 18, 2008, with her mom, sisters and friends at her second home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., full of joy from the events of the previous day. Brieanne was born Sept. 16, 1983, in Glenwood Springs, to John and Cyndie Rippy. She spent her life in Glenwood surrounded by friends and family.Brieanne graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2002 as salutatorian. In 2006, she graduated from CMC, receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award and a hard-earned Vet Tech degree. She was employed at Castle Peak Veterinarian Clinic, where she quickly excelled to head tech. During this time, she also held a position working alongside her father as an executive assistant for Grand River Construction. She did everything with her adventurous gusto, including kamikaze sledding down Sunlight, wagon trips down Palmer, extreme river rafting, parasailing, hunting with her buddies, Dad, John Neil, and Brett Tuxhorne, rock climbing, hiking to lakes, swimming with icebergs and living life to the fullest. Brieanne began soccer at age 6 and continued it through her last days. She played club soccer and traveled as captain to Hawaii with her family and friends. She received three athletic letters in high school, and was honored in her senior year with joint captainship with her friend Sarah. At times, she could not walk from the field without help because she had given it her all. She dreamed of meeting her hero, Michele Akers, a U.S. Women’s World Cup star whom suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. That dream was realized with not only a signature, but with an encouraging push for her to continue to play no matter what. At the World Cup Final against China, Brie watched her hero play the best game of her career, leaving it all on the field. She turned and said, “See that’s what it takes to be great. She plays with all her heart!” She is survived by her father; mother; brother Levi; sisters Brittney and Tobie; soulmate Jacob; and her extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brieanne’s honor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, at Alpine Bank. A celebration of Brie’s life will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 27, at CMC Gates Soccer Field. Dress in “comfy clothes” and bring soccer gear for the big game following the memorial. Family and friends will kick the ball around after the celebration. Bring chairs and blankets, as seating will be limited, and please bring a duplicate photo to contribute to the memory boards.
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