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Jayne Ann Ribble

March 26, 1946 — February 18, 2024


Jayne Ann Ribble

March 26, 1946 Muncie, IN - February 18, 2024 Indianapolis, IN

Jayne Ann Ribble, aged 77, died peacefully from complications of colon cancer, Sunday, February 18th, at

Compassus Hospice Care in Indianapolis.

Jayne lived in Kokomo, Indiana for close to 50 years. She had a Bachelor’s degree in Education from

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee,

Knoxville. Jayne taught in public schools, progressing to counseling services in Kokomo. She provided

support to many patients dealing with family issues. Her family remembers her great sense of humor and

being a smart, independent woman that valued autonomy in her life. Her independence was at the fore

particularly when driving. She could drive anywhere in about half the time suggested, scaring family and

friends alike. But, she always arrived safe and sound. Jayne had a deep bond with dogs. She chose

rescue greyhounds and poodles to adopt. These dogs lived lives of love and luxury in her home. Jayne

also enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Kokomo Country Club.

The Ribble family are a tight knit group. Jayne’s parents William A. and Betsy J. Ribble were very social

people and had many friends. Every few years the entire Ribble clan would have a reunion at a resort in

different places across the country. At these events all ages came together to enjoy each others company,

make huge meals, laugh and play Cribbage. Cribbage is a family game and tournaments were held during

the week, all in good fun.

Jayne is survived by brothers Bill Ribble (Claire) San Jose, CA and John Ribble (Cynthia Quinn) Madison,

WI, sister Linda Smith (Albert) Bowling Green, OH and Stepmother Margie Ribble Maryville, TN., plus

numerous nieces, nephews and their children.

Several close friends of Jayne’s helped and supported her throughout her illness, Susan Kromann, Mary

Rowland and Mike and Cindy Woloshuk. Many thanks for their love and care.

Donations can be made in Jayne’s name to The Humane Society of Kokomo, 729 E. Hoffer Street,

Kokomo, IN 46902

Jayne had a phrase she liked to use, “cool beans.” This is one of the poems read to her when she was in


Self Portrait by Mary Oliver

I wish I was 20 and in love with life

and still full of beans.

Onward old legs!

There are the long, pale dunes; on the other side

the roses are blooming and finding their labor

no adversity to the spirit.

Upward old legs! There are the roses, and there is the sea

shining like a song, like a body

I want to touch

though I’m not twenty

and won’t be again, ah! but seventy. And still

in love with life. And still

full of beans.

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