Lucy Ricker, 78, of Mount Ayr passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at the United Church of Diagonal. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.
Lucy Evelyn (Pine) Ricker was born Feb. 16, 1933, on the farm southwest of Diagonal to Margaret Leona (Sayler) and Orville Pine.
In high school, Lucy was active in choir, band, clubs and basketball. She graduated from Diagonal High School in 1951 and attended one semester of business classes in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lucy and Bob were married October 26, 1952 and to this union 3 sons were born, Robert “Bobby” Eugene, Bruce Wayne, and Brent Edward Ricker.
Lucy worked alongside Bob, farming and raising cattle. 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, retiring 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. She served in nearly every role in the church, including as an elder.
Lucy loved 4-H and was active her whole life. First as a youth, then 4-H leader of the Benton Bearcats. Following that, she won many ribbons at the Ringgold County Fair for her vegetables, flowers, baked goods, upholstery projects, winning a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair in upholstery. Lucy finished serving into her 80s as a judge for the Ringgold County Fair.
Bob and Lucy sold the family farm in 1991 and moved into Mount Ayr. Their children and grandchildren were their pride and joy. They never missed a school event 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 North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida; plus 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, Brent (fiancé Christine) Ricker; daughter-in-law Pam Ricker; six grandchildren: Jaren (Frances Randi) Ricker, Lindsay (Cory) Flickinger, Blake Ricker, Jessie, Jake (Megan) and Joe Ricker; three great-grandchildren Evelyn, William and Hudson Ricker; sisters Liz Wiley and Beverly Woods; sister-in-law Peggy Pine; brother-in-law Theodore “Junior” Ricker and a host of other relatives and friends.