Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bailey Rhea Cipressi

On Oct. 8, 2011, after spending 97 years here on earth, Bailey Rhea Cipressi passed away peacefully in the loving care provided by Blaine Manor.

Over the course of her long working life, Rhea held a number of different jobs, ranging from commercial photographer to technical editor to theater wardrobe and costume manager. Due to her name Rhea being pronounced as "Ray," bosses in the upper office sometimes thought "Ray" was a man, so she received equal pay with men. Alas, it was a different time but the pronunciation proved to be a bit of an advantage.

On retiring to the Wood River Valley, Rhea took up in earnest her passion for weaving and, with a friend, opened the Weaver's Studio in Ketchum. When vision and strength began to wane and she could no longer weave, she knitted until only a few months before her death.

Rhea is survived by her son, Jake Provonsha and his wife, Patty, of Sun Valley Idaho; granddaughters Tamara Gunther of Camarillo, Calif., Dominique Slatton of Carlsbad, Calif., and Jenifer Provonsha of Hailey, Idaho, as well as great-grandchildren Kyle Gunther of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kurtis Gunther of San Diego, Calif., Sean Slatton of Carlsbad, Calif., Bailey Ireland of Bozeman, Mont., and Soren Ireland of Seattle, Wash.

Rhea requested that no memorial service be scheduled.

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