Beth Cripe

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Coffee Chat: Beth Cripe

Published 9:39pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Name: Beth Cripe

Address: Dowagiac

Occupation: Foundation Director, Lee Memorial Foundation at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. Bookkeeper for Matthew Cripe, DDS

Family: Married to Matt Cripe (just celebrated our 24th anniversary). Two children, Andrew (20), a junior at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and Maggie (17), a senior at Dowagiac Union High.

Where are you from originally? Born in Niles and lived in Dowagiac my whole life with the exception of eight years. Four of those years at college and the remaining four in Chicago.

When did you move here? Why? Moved back in 1990 to start Matt’s dental practice and be near family.

To what clubs/church do you belong? SMC Board of Trustees, CASA board member, Dowagiac Athletic Boosters president and Kappa Beta Sorority. I am also a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where I serve as assistant treasurer.

Education: Dowagiac Union High School, a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a masters degree from Loyola University

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing? Maybe accounting.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? Donate to the community, help my kids with college and take a great trip!

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a shoe addiction. Love them!

Favorite food? Chocolate cake or for that matter any dessert.

Last book you read? “Tender to the Bone”

Favorite TV show? “Mad Men”

Where would you go on your dream vacation? Thailand

Pet peeve? Bad manners.

Best advice you ever got and who gave it to you? My grandfather — don’t write anything down you don’t want the whole world to see.

What would you want on your tombstone? She laughed a lot and enjoyed life!


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