Mary Joyce Ricks, age 71, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Columbus. Services will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Black officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Mrs. Ricks was born on Thursday, July 02, 1942 in Columbus to the late Samuel H. and Mary Reese Lawrence. She was a longtime member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, and a retired secretary from Mississippi Valley Gas after 42 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charlie E. Ricks, Sr. Survivors include one son, Charlie E. Ricks, Jr. (Laura), Columbus, MS; three grandchildren, Phillip Ricks and Angela Ricks, Dylan Ricks; nephew, Bryant Vick, Baltimore, MD; cousin, Mary Helen Swartz, (Selvin). Family & Friends will serve as pallbearers. The Honorary Pallbearers will be the staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital, Dr. Richard C. Vallett, Dr. Michael J. Boland, and Dr. Gerald Turner. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church 800 Tuscaloosa Road Columbus MS 39702 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38101
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on April 27, 2014
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