Barbara Marie Rickard

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Barbara Marie Rickard, 76, of Leicester, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 26, 2015. A native of Buncombe Co., she was a daughter of the late Walter Stanley Hyatt and Augusta Brookshire Hyatt Godfrey. She was also preceded in death by siblings Jack Hyatt, Billy Jo Hyatt, Walter Stanley Hyatt, Jr., and Pauline Duckett. Mrs. Rickard worked as a floral designer at Becky's Florist, Middlemont Florist, and Faulkner's Florist. She traveled with her husband while he served with the Armed Force, including living in England. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, the Leicester VFW Auxilary, and was an avid bowler. She is survived by her husband, Floyd W. Rickard; daughter, Debbie McMahan; son, Tommy Rickard; grandchildren, Billy Joe Adams (Christi), and Mason Rickard; step-grandson Cullen Gossett; great-grandson Cayden Adams; sisters Dixie King, Betty Green (Fred), and Helen Cox; brothers David Hyatt (Ruth), Mike Hyatt, and Bobby Hyatt; special friends Cathy and Tim Moore and Rod Ellis; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Rickard will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bobby Smith officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215, Leicester VFD, PO Box 100, Leicester, NC 28748, or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Marie, I never met a more hard-working individual with a bigger heart than yours. You touched so many lives including my own. Our visits lifted my spirits and made me laugh. You will be missed.

  2. To Dixie, Floyd and all of the family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Marie was such a wonderful woman, and never met a stranger-especially a hungry one. So many wonderful gifts she gave to us, but the greatest gift was her loving friendship and support. Now she has peace with our Lord, and true victory over all. May He give you comfort now and always. All our love,

  3. Dear Floyd, Debbie,Tommie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Marie was a very special, caring person and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you during today and the days to come.

  4. Floyd, Debbie and Tommy along with all your family, please know that you all are in our prayers. Aunt Marie was a very special person and we have many special memories with her in Leicester. God is by your side and will provide strength in the coming days. Much love…

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Marie! She was such a beautiful GOD fearing woman. I’m sure she’s surrounded by all the angels in heaven because she just became 1!

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. You all will all be in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you and comfort you all!

  7. Rick, Deb, Tommy & family, please know our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Marie was one of a kind lady, loved her family & all of your accomplishments. She is my second mama, always has been, always will be and I will forever hold a special place in my heart for her. I love you all & will be there soon!

  8. Debbie, Floyd, Tommy, Cathy and Rod. I am so very sorry for your loss. I only knew her for a short time but she touched my life in a way I will never forget. Such a kind hearted loving woman always knew just what to say to make you feel better. or to give you hug when you needed one.My prayer for you today and tomorrow is that God the father of us all walk beside you and give you the strength you need to sustain you , Amen

  9. Dear Floyd and family,
    We just want you to know that we are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget Marie coming down our driveway in the summers to share the bounty of your garden. Peace to you all. Your neighbors, Paul and Trish Howey

  10. Tommy and Debbie – So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Our love and prayers to you both and to your family. Jeff, Tanya and Makayla Ballenger

  11. Debbie, Tommy, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Debbie, Tommy and family, I pray that God wraps his arms around you and comforts you during the days to come. I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

  13. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you to give you peace, comfort & fill you with his mercy & grace. God bless each each of you. May you be comforted in knowing you will be reunited with Barbara one day. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

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