Ruby Katherine Rickard, of Boiling Spring Lakes, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at SECU Hospice of Brunswick in Bolivia. She was 93.
Mrs. Rickard was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Butler, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Charles L. and Mildred A. Louden Brown. She graduated from Butler High School in 1940 and married Wilbert “Rick” O. Rickard on Oct. 21, 1942, in Butler, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Rickard worked at Lamont Doherty Geographic Observatory in Palisades, New York, for 20 years as an administrative assistant until her retirement in 1981. They moved to Pearl River, New York, in September 1961 until October 1984, then moving to Boiling Spring Lakes.
While living in Boiling Spring Lakes, Mrs. Rickard enjoyed golf, had a hole-in-one, played in the North Carolina Senior Games and was a member of the Saturday Night Poker Ladies Club. She was also a member of the Women’s Golf League Association, Lady Birds from the Lakes Country Club in Boiling Spring Lakes and Seniors Golf of Brunswick County.
Mrs. Rickard was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport and a member of Live Oak Chapter of the Eastern Star No. 179. Ruby enjoyed traveling, especially going overseas to Ayrs, Scotland, to find her family castle, the Louden Castle. She also visited Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco, England, Aruba, Bahamas and Australia twice.
Mrs. Rickard established a scholarship at South Brunswick High School in memory of her daughter Sandie Rickard. She was a strong supporter of the youth golf First Tee, donating many club set ups for South Brunswick High School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert “Rick” O. Rickard, who passed away in 1997; daughter, Sandra E. Rickard; and brothers, Gordon Brown and Charles Zane Brown.
Mrs. Rickard is survived by her children, Constance Palmer, of Rensselaer Falls, New York, Gerald Rickard (Carole), of Boiling Spring Lakes, William Rickard, of Oceanside, California, and Ruby Kay Kamrowski (Robert), of Boiling Spring Lakes; grandchildren, Lynn Palmer, Scott Stanley, Daniel Palmer, Jeffrey Rickard, Melinda Rickard, Tod Ganzer and Lee Ganzer; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Bonnie McDonald, of Tarpon Springs, Florida; brother-in-law, Dean Rickard, of Cabot, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service in Southport. The family will receive friends from one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SECU Hospice of Brunswick in Bolivia, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.
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