GamGee Dripps, nee Lem, 69, died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at home in St. Charles,Â following complications from metastatic melanoma.
She was born on Oct. 15, 1940, to ChicÂ KuYee and Lem GeeHung in Brooklyn, New York.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Philip M. Dripps, a retired United Methodist minister, whom she married on July 14, 1963; two daughters, Elizabeth Ying (Dripps) Selden of Los Angeles, Calif., and Maria Ying Dripps-Paulson (Timothy Paulson) of Sugar Grove; four grandchildren, Philip (6), Clara, Zoe and Naomi (triplets 2) of Sugar Grove; she is also survived by seven siblings, Wing Lem, Seau Simon, Yuk Kwok, Fong Yee, Pong Lem, Yippee Novotny, and Lily Siou. Seven siblings preceded her in death.
GamGee Dripps graduated from Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn in 1958. She attended Brooklyn College and Hunter College in New York; Roosevelt University and Barat College (Lake Forest), from which she graduated with an economics major in 1984. She was employed by the J. Walter Thompson advertising firm in New York; following her college graduation, she was employed as a financial analyst by Van Kampen Investments (Morgan Stanley), Oakbrook, Ill., for 20 years, retiring in 2006.
GamGee loved the fine arts, especially choral music. She served four years on the Board of Directors of the St. Charles Singers, a professional choir which will sing the Requiem of Gabriel Faure at the service of the Commemoration of the Dead. The service will be held at the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, Main Street (Route 64) and Fourth Avenue in St. Charles on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.
The Rev. William Nesbit, rector of the St. Charles Episcopal Church, will administer the eucharistic rites. The Rev. Ronnie Verboom, senior pastor of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, will share in conducting the service. The Rev. Ronald Graham, a retired United Methodist minister, will deliver the homily. The service will be followed by a reception and luncheon in Wiley Hall of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. A brief committal service preceded cremation of the body.
GamGee was a member of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church; following her husband’s retirement, she, along with her husband, shared in the life of the St. Charles Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in remembrance of GamGee Dripps may be made to the St. Charles Singers, at 617 Steeplechase Road, St. Charles, IL 60174 or the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church at 307 Cedar Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174.