August 20, 1924 – March 9, 2019
Florence Estelle (“Erica”) Pickard, 94, of Columbia, passed away at The Neighborhoods on Saturday, March 9, 2019, following a brief illness. Services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. 9th Street, Columbia.
Erica was born on August 20, 1924, to James A. Carlan and Florence A. Whidden Carlan in Everett, Massachusetts. She married Dr. Clarence M. (“Jack”) Pickard on October 9, 1954, in Topeka, Kansas. Jack preceded her in death on July 14, 2002.
Erica grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Radcliffe College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and went on to earn a degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Art as Applied to Medicine (Medical Illustration). Erica enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. She later returned to college at age 65 to earn a Bachelor’s degree in French from Stephens College. Erica was a firm believer in life-long education.
Erica first pursued her interest in art as a child, learning silversmithing from an Italian master at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where she made elegant silver jewelry. During her early career, Erica had an art studio on Boylston Street in Boston. After she married and moved to Columbia, she volunteered with Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center and Boonville Correction Center teaching art to patients and residents. Erica started a silk-screening operation at the Sheltered Workshop in Columbia in the 1970’s for individuals with developmental disabilities. Erica and Jack were devoted to supporting individuals with special needs. The church kneelers and altar cloths at Calvary Episcopal Church were designed and needlepointed by Erica and a group of artisans from the church. Erica was also a strong supporter of the Columbia Public Library, helping establish the Friends of the Columbia Public Library where she helped initiate the regular book sales.
Erica was a member of many genealogical societies, including National Society of New England Women, National Society of Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, National Society of Colonial Dames of America, National Society Magna Carta Dames and Barons, National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, and National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter AZ, and Kings Daughters, Constance Emig Circle. She was also a member of The Readers, Friends of Boone County Family Resources, Stephens College Alumnae Club, and Friends of the Columbia Public Library.
Erica is survived by her four children, Carlan Brent Pickard of Columbia, Emmett Blair Pickard of Columbia, Reid Haskell Pickard of Overland Park, Kansas, and Lydia Windsor Schoene and husband C. Alan, of Columbia. Her brother, James Carlan of Maryland, also survives. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister and her brother “Bud” Carlan of California.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Friends of Columbia Public Library, P.O. Box 1267, Columbia, MO 65205.
Calvary Episcopal Church
123 S. 9th Street
Shana Kim Carlan-Riddell
March 18, 2019
I was very sorry to hear about Aunt Erica's passing, but so pleased she lived an active and fulfilling life and made contributions to so many others along the way. I was also pleased that I was able to make contact with her a few years ago, and enjoyed some long phone conversations across the miles from my home in New Zealand. I was able to tell her how she had influenced me to pursue my career in illustration and fine arts in my 20's and how it had led me down a very satisfying and career and life path. My thoughts and prayers are with you all for the service on the 23rd, and will be thinking of you all.
March 17, 2019
Erica was a long time member of the Missouri Symphony Society as well as the Women’s Symphony League. Their house was on the holiday home tour many years ago. We all appreciated Erica’s great artistry.
March 17, 2019
I grew up with Mrs. Pickard and daughter Lydia as my best friend and her sweet brothers as well. I took some art lessons from Erica and it really encouraged my love of art. If only I could ever draw even half as well as Erica I would have been in heaven. I loved looking at her artwork and watching her draw and paint Winnie the Pooh on the walls of Lydia's room. It was such a treat to sneak downstairs and check out some of the paintings she was working on. I never heard her utter an unkind word and she always seemed like a Queen to me in the way she carried herself and her amazing taste in furniture and furnishings. Her beautiful rugs and artwork were inspirational. She was an amazing woman in that she was able to be independent until recently and so wonderful that she had her children around to help when needed. She was brilliant and so strong! I'm glad she's able to be with Dr. Pickard again. Even though I've only seen her a few times over the past couple of years I will miss her greatly. Hugs and love to her whole family!
Linda Reed Brown
March 14, 2019
Lydia and Al, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Your lives are forever changed, but I hope you are comforted by your memories and her legacy of good times, good work in the community, the books you read together and her lingering presence in daily life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.