Ashley Jeannette (Allphin) Riibe was born on April 30, 1985 and passed away on November 30, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD following a tragic automobile accident. A memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel on the Mt. Marty Campus, Yankton, SD. Visitation with the family present will be two hours prior to the start of the service. The Washington memorial service will take place on Sunday, December 13th 2015 at 2pm at Mason Unity Methodist Church, 2710 Madison Street, Tacoma, WA. On-line condolences may be left at Kahler Funeral Home.
Ashley was raised in Gig Harbor, WA. She entered this world as a premature baby, but never slowed down and was skiing at the age of three. Many memories were made on Crystal Mountain and at her family’s “Moose Camp” cabin.
After graduating from high school, Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Montana State University. During this time she worked summers at an Alaskan fishing resort, and also met the love of her life Erin “Chummy” Riibe. From there a new journey began that brought them to Yankton, SD. They married and continued on with their education. Ashley fulfilled a passion for helping others by earning a nursing degree from Mount Marty College. She graduated, with honors, in May of 2015. After a final summer trip to Shelter Cove in Alaska, Ashley came back home to start her dream job as an ICU nurse at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Ashley loved every moment of her nursing experience and always felt truly at home providing critical care to those in need. She had planned to further her career by completing the Mount Marty nurse anesthesia graduate program. Although her life was cut short, Ashley still continues to care for others. Through tissue donation Ashley will be helping over 80 patients in need.
The activities Ashley enjoyed are endless. She loved skiing, hunting, fishing, music, nature, hiking, traveling and more. She was a generous aunt to her nephew and nieces. She was a daughter. She was a sister. She was a wife. She was a friend. And she will be missed.
Ashley is survived by her husband, Erin “Chummy” Riibe of Yankton, SD; her parents Jim and Jackie (Jansen) Allphin of Gig Harbor, WA; her brother Sean M. Allphin of Gig Harbor, WA; her mother and father-in-law Gary and Denise(Will) Riibe of Dakota City, NE; her brother and sister-in-law Gary Jr. and Kelly Riibe and their children Mia, Mallory and Graham; her paternal grandparents James and Jeannette (Smith) Allphin of Tacoma, WA; her grandmother-in-law Donna (Olsen) Riibe of South Sioux City, NE, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Ashley is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Evelyn (Rediske) Arthur and John D. Jansen, and her aunt Joan E. Lane.
Memorials may be directed to the Ashley Riibe Memorial Fund. Donations can be mailed to First Dakota National Bank, 225 Cedar Street, Yankton, SD 57078.