Barbara Ann Ricciardi
December 8, 1944 – October 15, 2018
Barbara Ann Ricciardi of Bowie, Maryland passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018. Barbara is the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Natiello; mother of Jerry T. Ricciardi and his wife Carol and Michael D. Ricciardi and his wife Marcy; sister of the late Thomas Natiello; grandmother of Thomas Jerry Ricciardi and Jeremy Ricciardi. Barbara is also survived by Jerry F. Ricciardi. Barbara loved to travel and was an avid bird watcher, a member of the Anne Arundel Bird Club and the Maryland Terrapin Women’s Basketball Rebounders. Family and friends will gather at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715 on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10 am to 11 am. A Celebration of her remarkable life will begin at 11 am. Refreshments will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the ALS Association at www.alsa.org.
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, November 3, 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, November 3, 2018
- Reception Saturday, November 3, 2018
Barbara Ann Ricciardi
October 31, 2018
I met Barbara through the Anne Arundel Bird Club 30 years ago. Barbara was among a group of people who started birding years ago and have continued to be more accomplished birders over the years. We shared a lot of enjoyable birding experiences both near and far away. One trip to Arizona she was sitting in the back of a 10 passenger van with limited visibility on a very rocky road and she found a Montezuma’s Quail, a very difficult bird to find even in ideal conditions. She went on many of the three-day winter weekend trips and also headed north to find rare winter bird species. She loved going to Magee Marsh in Michigan for the spring migration. A small group of us have been going there for the last few years to witness this migration event. We had a lot of fun and memorable moments on these trips. A few days before she passed away I had sent her some photos of a boat trip to Patuxent River Park. Barbara always enjoyed these trips. I also wanted to check if she felt up to going on the wildlife driving tour of the Merkel Wildlife Sanctuary. She sent a note back to me. She said “Wow great pics. Thanks for sending. I miss my life." All who knew Barbara will miss her!
October 31, 2018
My girlfriend Barbara will be missed by her loving family and anyone who was lucky enough to have been her friend. Barbara’s vivaciousness and love of life was what drew people to her like bees to honey. We met back in the 90's at the Gump and Barbara and I kept in touch when Duncan and I made the move to Colorado Springs 20 years ago. We made sure to visit each other every few years. She could bring out the adventurous spirit in anyone and I speak from experience! Considering we never shut up when we were together, according to my husband, I have so missed our telephone conversations. From our adventures in Ocean City, MD driving in circles searching an hour for that restaurant with the “best eggplant parm” (it certainly was) to me escorting the “sea level kind of gal” to the top of Pikes Peak, these are fond memories I will always treasure. Rest easy my friend - I love you. Maria
October 22, 2018
I first met Barbara when I was 13 years old in 1968. She and "big" Jerry quickly became my favorite neighbors. Although we have gone our separate ways over the years she has always been in my heart. I babysat Jerry and Michael and watched them grow up to be fine men thanks to Barbara and big Jerry. Barbara was there when I had problems I couldn't talk to my parents about, and we became friends after I became an adult. She looked after my parents until they had to leave their home next door, and she chased their cats away from her bird feeders, all with good humor! Jerry and Michael, I know you will miss your mom. Know that she touched many people with her kindness and craziness. I will miss her too.
October 19, 2018
I liked Barbara the moment I met her. She was kind and welcoming to this newcomer years ago and made me feel like a part of the group. Besides being a great birder, she was inclusive and fun to be around had a wonderful sense of humor and a bright beautiful smile. I grew to like her even more as our friendship grew and I got to know her, she could make you laugh with just a look and a roll of the eyes. She will be greatly missed.
Nicole & Max Ramey
October 18, 2018
My son Max loves birding. When he was about 9 we began to meet others who love birds in Anne Arundel County. Barbara was always very kind and welcoming to my talkative son (which meant a lot as birding can be considered a somewhat quiet hobby.) We will both remember her with fond memories and wish to extend our prayers to Barbara’s family during this difficult time.
October 17, 2018
I'm going to miss birding with Barbara-- her sharp eyes and wit, her easy laugh and her contagious enthusiasm and zest for life. She was wise, compassionate, and so much fun. I'm grateful to have been her friend.
This photo of her during a birding trip to Scotland is how I'll remember her.
October 17, 2018
I am so sorry. I knew Barbara through the Bird Club. Though we were not close friends, she was an icon to members because of her knowledge of raptors. I was in awe of her ability to ID individuals in a kettle 100’s of ft up. There will be a hole in the membership of MOS and in the hearts of the AA club. I wish your family hea,ing.