Judith Van Riper

Obituary of Judith M. Van Riper

Judith M Van Riper Danby,VT - Judith M. Van Riper, passed away with dignity and grace on Saturday, August 14, 2021, surrounded by her four daughters. Born in Montvale, NJ on February 23, 1933, Judy was an avid sports fan and all around athlete. A pioneer in her day, Judy concurrently managed raising her five children and working full time at the family farm while participating in a regular schedule in volleyball, softball and tennis leagues. Judy was a loyal friend and a gracious hostess who loved to gather friends and family at her mountain top home with "the best view in Vermont". A talented knitter and horticulturist, she was a fun loving Jersey Girl at heart. Judy's greatest gift and proudest moments were spending time with her family. As matriarch, she initiated the annual traditions of vacationing in Barbados and at the Jersey Shore. Judy and Ralph, her husband of 68 years, co-owned and operated Van Riper Gardens in Granville NY, where she worked until her final days. She derived great satisfaction and enjoyment growing the flowers that adorned so many local homes while admiring them in her personal gardens in Danby, Vermont. Judy was a life force, touching the hearts of everyone she knew and inspiring all with her bright spirit and enthusiasm. Judy was predeceased by her husband Ralph and son Randy Van Riper, Jr. She is survived by her four daughters and their spouses: Barbara and Mark Ebersole of New Bern, NC, Kathy and Jeff Metzger of Manchester, VT, Jill and Scott Brown Little Compton RI, Judy Bradley of Burlington, VT, daughter-in-law Barbara Van Riper of Washington Crossing, PA; 10 grandchildren: Justin Ebersole, Kate Van Riper, Chris Van Riper, Colleen Dattolo, Erika Ture, Megan McAllister, Axel Brown, Stowe Brown, Will Bradley, Ethan Bradley, and 4 greatgrandchildren. A celebration of life will be held in New Jersey in October. Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church Street, Granville, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Community Health Mettowee 278 Vermont Route 149 West Pawlet, VT. 05775 Online condolences may be made at www.robertmkingfuneralhome.com.
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