Martha Joyce Rickard
September 20, 1925 - March 19, 2020
Obituary For Martha Joyce Rickard
"And with a thrilling major chord-there let life end"
Martha Joyce Rickard, age 94, passed away peacefully
March 19, 2020. Born September 20, 1925, Martha was the
only child of Raymond and Alice Crellin of Ewing, Nebraska.
Martha received her teaching degree from Wayne State
Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska, and taught 25 years collectively in Sidney Nebraska, Hartline Washington, Spokane
Washington, Seattle Washington, and Corvallis Oregon.
Martha was married to Cecil Rickard in 1948 and together
had four children: Gary, Randall, David and Ruth.
An accomplished musician, Martha played piano and organ
for numerous weddings and funerals as well as sharing her
beautiful soprano voice in song. Martha had the privilege
of teaching piano to many students and fondly remembered
directing various community choruses and church choirs over
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Cecil and their
infant son Gary Gene.
Martha is survived by her children; Randall, David, and Ruth,
grandchildren; Amanda, Marci, Amy, Jonathan, Lindsay, Lauren,
and Cameron. Great grandchildren include; Peyton, Hayden, Elijah, Abby, Sadie, Desmond, Jaxon, Alivia, Rory, Nora, and baby Peterson due 7/2020.
" Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and
learn of me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light."
Martha played the organ for my wedding in Willamina 41 years ago, Cecil officiated the wedding and the next year my brother married their daughter Ruth. How special it has been to be a part of this family. When I taught school in Willamina, I would see Martha often as she played the piano for music concert practices or was busy substituting during the week while playing the church organ or piano on Sunday or for Wednesday night church. On this day 41 years ago, she helped my groom get ready in the parsonage, showering, getting dressed for the wedding after spending the day skydiving nearby and participating in an 8 man formation with Cecil watching from the airplane. Whenever I saw her, she always had a smile on her face that said she was glad to see you! Dear Martha, you are now in your heavenly home with Cecil and your baby boy finally seeing the face of Jesus. Looking forward to when we can meet again! Love, Kim always had a smile on her face and was helping others. That smile was always welcoming and loving.
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