Tula Ann Allen was born to John and Francis (Kimmel) Allen of Garber, Oklahoma on October 29, 1930. She passed from this life February 23, 2018, at the age of 87.
Tula’s primary education was in Garber schools. Later she attended OSU as a Home Economics Major. There she met Charles Ripley, they married in 1957. Charles and Tula made their home first in Stillwater, then Ripley, then Pawnee, OK. They were married over 30 years until his death in December 1988. Tula was known as a devoted mother and wife, and was always very active in her church, working as a Sunday School Teacher with the children’s departments on Sundays and as well as many Vacation Bible Schools. She was a talented seamstress, cook, gardener, bookkeeper, enjoyed family gatherings, visiting with family and friends, loved to sing, and playing games. Tula was married to Bill Perel in 1992 until his death in January 2013. Tula was a driver for Mobile Meals and often took food to people that were younger than her in recent years. She was physically active, walking and exercising at the Senior Center 3 days a week, and still lived independently. She was always community minded, and supported her children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s athletic and musical events. Tula recently moved back to Stillwater where she made her home until her passing.
Mrs. Perel is survived by 4 children; Teresa (Ripley) Petersen and husband John, Dan Ripley and wife Pam, Lenora (Ripley) Rawdon and husband Larry and Susan (Ripley) Hartle and her husband Paul; 9 grandchildren: Tracie Bruce and husband Carl, Melissa Carter and husband Michael, Jill Quick and husband Randy, Lori Lysobey and husband Michael, Joe Rawdon and wife Anna, Niesha Hafner and husband Mike, Christy Beartrack and husband Fred, Deitra Wichern and husband Fritz, Danny Ripley and wife Megan. Tula was blessed with 19 great-grandchildren: Anna, Charles, Sophie, Grace, and Jack Bruce; Clayton, Levi, Ryan, and Jenna Carter; Katelyn Wichern; Ivy and Lucas Beartrack, Charlotte Lysobey, Ava and Reece Rawdon, Madison Ripley, Kaden, Brody, and Caroline Hafner. From her union with Bill, 2 step-children survive her: Shirley (Perel) King and husband Tod, Elizabeth (Perel) Deckard; 4 step-grandchildren: Charlie and Samantha King, James, and Rachel Deckard.
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