Barbara Jean Cripps

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Barbara Jean Cripps, 76, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. She was born Nov. 21, 1942 in Great Falls to LeRoy and Jean Ellis.

She grew up in Lewistown, met and married Donald Blaine Cripps of Gilt Edge, the love of her life. They raised four beautiful daughters, and lived all over Montana and Eugene, Oregon for a time.

She loved to sew, kept her girls in style, she painted wonderful pictures, and beaded beautiful earrings. She loved growing flowers, loved her cats and dogs, loved taking pictures, and loved Jesus, as well as her church here in Dixon.

She was a loving best friend, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Cripps, her parents, LeRoy and Jean Ellis, and grandson Gabriel Forest Swanson.

She is survived by her four daughters and families, Tammy and Mike Weaver of Ravalli; Christine Cripps of Big Fork; Ranay and Ken Turner of Worcester, Massachusetts; and Becky Shaver of Missoula, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and two brothers and a sister: David Ellis of Highland Village, Texas, Linda Ransford of Lander, Wyoming, and Jay Ellis of Las Vegas, Nevada.

A memorial service will be held at the Dixon Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. Pastor Ben Westfaul will be officiating. She will be cremated and taken up to the mountain ranch later in the summer.

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