Joy Ann Ricker
December 31, 1945 – November 10, 2020
Joy Ann Ricker of Grapevine, TX, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 10, 2020 at the young age of 74. Joy was born on December 31, 1945 in Notrees, TX to the late Melvin and Annie Dushane. She graduated from Hobbs High School and received an Associates Degree from Draughon's Business College. Joy was married to K.D. Ricker on January 17, 1964 and enjoyed 33 years of marriage until his passing in February 1997. Joy had many positions within her 25 years of service with GTE and retired in 1998. After retirement she pursued a career in Real Estate. She was a successful agent with Ebby Halliday in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
Joy had a passion for many things. A few including travel, reading and most importantly spending time with her daughters and grandkids.
Cherishing her memory are daughters, Kim Harvey and husband Glen, Kathy Ricker Brown and husband Richard and Kelly Frost and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Lexi and Austin Harvey, Matthew and Montana Brown, Maddie, Mollie and Cooper Frost; brother, Benny Dushane: numerous extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 33 years, K.D. Ricker; sister, Brenda Goolsby and brother, Karl Gene Dushane.
Memorial services will be held 2:00pm, Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Foust and Son Funeral Home.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Joy Ann Ricker
November 21, 2020
There are so many memories of Joy AKA (Maw Maw) that I can't recall them all but there were a few doozies. I was her first Son-in-law, we did not always see eye to eye but we both shared an overwhelming unconditional love for Lexi & Austin.
Joy loved those kids more than anything in the world. One of my biggest regrets for Joy and my family is the loss of K.D. Ricker prior to my Son's birth in 1997. Joy became a widow far too soon! If you knew Joy, you know she was an extremely strong woman and her own person with her own opinions. Over the years we grew closer and respectful of each others difference in opinions. Joy will be missed and I know my family feels a great loss. Her laughter and smiles were genuine along with the loudest burp I have ever heard come out of such a small woman. That will never be forgotten. I'm glad she is no longer suffering and finally back with K.D. I hope there is shopping in heaven or she is going to get bored very quickly!
Love you Maw Maw,
November 21, 2020
Joy was always smiling and happy to be around others. A few years ago, I remember gathering at Kelly’s place and Joy joining us. It was just a small group of girls sitting in the backyard, grilling chicken, sipping fruity drinks, and laughing at funny stories. Joy was so happy to be right there in the moment with us. Even though our conversations were probably silly, we were all having a blast, and she was fitting right in. I’m so glad I got to join you guys on the cruise. Joy really was fun to be around, and she had a way of making people feel good. I’m glad I knew her. Sending hugs to the family.
Kelly Ricker Frost
November 20, 2020
To My Beautiful Beloved Mother
I will forever be grateful God blessed me with you as my mom. You were an amazing supporter, cheerleader, and counselor. You were strong but fair in discipline. You always knew the right things to say even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. You always showed an abundance of love and affection. You taught us girls to love each other and to always be there for one another. You taught me to seek god, pray about everything, and trust in the lord. You had such beautiful style and grace. You loved going shopping and it didn’t even matter what for. You loved to decorate, you always picked out the perfect paint color. We could always count on you to help with anything no matter what your girls were up to. You were always sitting on go ready for the next outing especially with your girls. I will solely miss your voice, smile, sense of humor and mostly your love. Even when dementia took pieces of you years ago you never forgot your girls or grand babies and always greeted us with that beautiful smile. My shattered heart will never be whole. I love you forever Mom. Rest In Peace Now my Angel.
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November 19, 2020
My sweet momma was amazing, wonderful, sweet, kind and loving. She was also a momma bear and could be relentless if she wanted something. She had a work ethic like no one else. She loved pretty things, flowers, jewelry, red cars. Oh she loved babies. She could guess a baby/toddlers age almost every time and she loved doing this in public with strangers babies. I would try to walk away as fast as I could when I would see her a spy a cute, squishy Baby because I just knew she would approach the adult and blurt out the child’s age. They would often look at her like she was some crazy lady, until they saw how her eyes would light up and her genuine pleasure of seeing their cute bundle of joy. My mom didn’t look the part of the doting mom and grandma who always put others first. She was way to put together, wearing stylish clothes and looking like a million bucks even though she normally had Matthew and Montana in tow for some adventure. The movies, shopping, eating out, the park, she did it all with them. One year M &M had the swine flu and I had some major release at work that I thought I just couldn’t possibly miss, so I called mom up and asked if she could watch 2 still sickly (but on the mend) cranky, snotty, whiny, demanding babies. She said yes of course. I never forgot the look of pure joy on her face when I delivered them to her door, you would have thought I was delivering 40 lb sacks of gold instead of two sickly, cranky, miserable toddlers. But that was my momma. She loved her family and would do anything we ever needed. I am not sure how to live on this earth without her. But I do know if I am half as good a momma to Matthew and Montana as she was to us girls, then I will consider my mothering a success. Thank You for being the best mom a girl could have. Rest In Peace momma!!!
November 19, 2020
I can not even begin to list all of the sweet memories that I have with my Maw Maw. I miss her terribly and will most of all miss her contagious smile. But I will always remember the times that we shared together. I will never forget all the trips to Stein Mart, her love for all things red, her slight obsession with Jewelry and her shopping networks, not to mention she always had THE BEST snacks at her house and would let us eat candy for dinner if our hearts desired. She was one of the best humans, I am thankful she was able to be a part of my life for 27 years and I am so happy that she is now my guardian angel.
November 19, 2020
My condolences to your family. I have heard many wonderful stories of Joy Ann from Kim, and the dedication you all have given to taken care of your Mom, and taking care of each other is such a blessing. I am thinking of you all, and hope that you find peace in the memories you share, and the comfort knowing she is at peace.
November 18, 2020
So many memories with my friend Joy. 22 years of special times-going out to eat (we always had to have dessert); shopping (she was the Queen of shopping!); I have to add shopping again because once was definitely not enough; and BLING (bright colored stones for each hand).
Fun, fun and more fun. She loved the Lord, her girls and grandchildren in that order. I feel so honored to call her my special friend.
November 16, 2020
To Kim, Kathy, and Kelly and your families - we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you at this difficult time. I have so many sweet memories of Joy over the years at Harvey celebrations. She was a beautiful lady inside and out, and she raised three beautiful girls, a true gift to us all. With all my love...
November 15, 2020
I have too many wonderful memories of Mom to count. Her beautiful smile and contagious laugher Is the cornerstone of every memory I have. Mom had the best sense of humor & would laugh at everything (even if you stumped your toe, or hit your funny bone). She lived her life always smiling & laughing!
“Mom, May your beautiful smile never fade from my memory & may your laughter always ring loudly In my ears. Please give me the courage and strength to face each day with you physically gone. Give dad a hug and know my heart will always have a hole with you gone.”
November 14, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Joy during the Contel/GTE transition. Joy had such a fun personality and always had me laughing. She was always so well put together with her hair and wardrobe. Joy spoke of and was so proud of her daughters!
God bless your family during this difficult time!
November 12, 2020
I'll always remember our beach vacation together a few years ago!
We had so much fun with our girls. I'm thankful Joy is in Heaven now with no more pain. I' m praying that Jesus will cover the family with His wings of comfort and love. Love & Prayers, ❤️🙏 Alice Allen