LUCY EVELYN RICKER

Lucy Evelyn (Pine) Ricker was born February 16, 1933, on the farm southwest of Diagonal, IA to Margaret Leona (Sayler) and Orville Pine and passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center on February 14, 2021, at the age of 87.
Lucy attended Diagonal High School where she was active in choir, band (trombone), clubs and basketball. It was here she began dating the love of her life Robert “Bob” Eugene Ricker, in high school. She graduated in 1951 and attended one semester of business classes in Omaha, NE. Lucy and Bob were married October 26, 1952 and to this union three sons were born, Robert “Bobby” Eugene, Bruce Wayne and Brent Edward Ricker.
Lucy worked alongside Bob farming and raising cattle. They farmed with Junior on the family farm until Bob and Lucy bought the bordering farm, four miles west of Mount Ayr, IA on Hwy 2. Lucy and Bob loved raising the boys, crops, hay, cattle, pigs, chickens and a few goats and sheep. They were active in 4-H, Farm Bureau, Modern Mother’s Club and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Lucy began working at the Ringgold County Hospital in 1973 as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, then a Ward Clerk, Pharmacy Tech and Secretary for the director of nursing. She retired in 1994 to help Brent and Martha with their children due to Martha’s health. What a joy her grandchildren were to her!
Lucy accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior early in life and remained a life-long active member of the United Church of Diagonal, serving in nearly every role in the Church including Elder and coordinating church dinners and Women’s Circle.
Lucy loved 4-H and was active her whole life, first as a youth, then as a 4-H leader of the Rainbow Girls for many years. She went on to win many ribbons at the Ringgold County Fair for her vegetables, flowers, bakery and upholstery projects and won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair in upholstery. Lucy served as a judge for the Ringgold County Fair into her 80’s.
Lucy and Bob sold the family farm in 1991 and moved into Mount Ayr, where Bob seeded for rural water for many years. Their children and grandchildren were their pride and joy. They never missed a game, band, play or other school or church activity. All the grandchildren loved staying over at Grandpa and Grandma’s house even though all six of them lived just around the corner!
Lucy and Bob loved to travel, and made many great memories traveling with their children all over the United States, especially to North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida. They also did some international travel to Mexico, England and France.
Lucy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Ricker; son, Bobby Ricker; daughter-in-law, Martha Ricker; brothers, Raymond, Ronald and Bob Pine; sister, Ruth Mathis, brothers-in-law, Dave Wiley and Clyde Woods; sisters-in-law, Joan Pine, LaVon Pine and Frances Ricker.
Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Bruce (Michell) Ricker of Ellston and Brent (fiancé, Christina) Ricker of Mount Ayr; daughter-in-law, Pam Ricker of Nashville TN; six grandchildren, Jaren (Frances Randi) Ricker of Spirit Lake, IA; Lindsay (Cory) Flickinger of Ormond Beach, FL; Blake Ricker of Minneapolis, MN; Jessie, Jake (Megan) and Joe Ricker of Mount Ayr; three great-grandchildren, Evelyn, William and Hudson Ricker of Spirit Lake; sisters, Liz Wiley of Diagonal and Beverly Woods of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law, Peggy Pine of Omaha, NE; brother-in-law, Theodore “Junior” Ricker of Mount Ayr and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Sherry Wiley.
Music was “How Great Thou Art” by Alan Jackson, “The Old Rugged Cross” by Alan Jackson, “A Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry and “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me.
Casketbearers were Jaren Ricker, Lindsay Flickinger, Blake Ricker, Jessie Ricker, Jake Ricker and Joe Ricker.
Honorary pallbearers were Ted “Junior” Ricker, Patty Sobotka, Junior Klejch, Shirley Klejch, Sandy Taylor and all the hard workers of the United Church of Diagonal.
Burial was at the Bethel Cemetery in Diagonal, IA.
Memorials are to the United Church of Diagonal or Ringgold County Fair.

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