OBITUARY

Brenda Harvey Ricker

September 24, 1956September 6, 2019
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Brenda Eve Ricker was born Brenda Eve Harvey on September 24, 1956. In West Palm Beach, FL. at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL. She was the 3rd child born to D. Roger Harvey and Virginia Dawn Harvey. She grew up with her older siblings, Sister Susan Pierce and Brother Mark Harvey, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. She attended Palmetto Elementary, Conniston Middle School and Forest Hill High School.

Growing up The Harvey family loved to camp, hunt and fish together as a family, traveling all over the United States to places like Mount Rushmore, The Great Smokey Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and many other places. Brenda reminisced often of her childhood days camping with her family and remembered them fondly. She loved telling the stories of her and her siblings and cousins running around Dreher Park long before it was ever a park. She lived on Summit Blvd in West Palm Beach her entire life until she met and married her husband.

In 1971, She met her future husband, Martin Gene Ricker. She said she knew the moment she met him that he would be the love of her life. They courted each other for over 2 years and ended up marrying each other at Forest Hill Alliance Church in West Palm Beach, FL. on November 9th, 1974 surrounded by their family and friends.

They started their life together and had many adventures before having their first child, daughter Stacey Nicole Ricker on May 26, 1983. On February 1st, 1985 they welcomed their son William Roger Ricker.

Brenda was a loving and devoted wife and mother to her family for 44 years. She loved all animals and often had a house full of cats, dogs and birds. She was an amazing friend and neighbor to everyone that knew her. Brenda was always there to lend a helping hand. She had a heart of gold and a mouth you couldn’t control. Brenda was loved by everyone that knew her. She loved camping anywhere and everywhere, from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground to Peanut Island and many other places. BBQs on Sundays were a family tradition that she loved. Brenda loved Disney and all that went with it, especially the Fort Wilderness Campground. But Tinkerbell was her favorite, her motto being, Good Girl with Bad Habits.

She loved going out on their family boat fishing with her husband and children. Her favorite time of year was Halloween through Christmas and and no one did holidays like Brenda did Holidays. Every Halloween she would dress as a witch and sit on the front porch of her home handing out candy to all the neighborhood kids. Nothing made her happier than sitting on the front porch on Halloween night with her fog machine scaring al the kids in the neighborhood. A lot of people will remember a Christmas Village that took her 2 days to build under her Christmas Tree, she did this every single year. She loved to entertain family and friends for all occasions of life, she was the perfect hostess and had an open door policy. She never wanted anyone to be alone for the holidays.

When their children were little Brenda and Marty started a display of building 14 foot Christmas Tree in their front yard. It was a tradition they kept going for several years. It normally took a whole day to put together with the help of their children as well as their family, friends and neighbors. Each year Brenda wanted the display to be bigger and better than it was the year before. It was definitely a sight to see and she loved putting on the display every year.

On June 18th, 2002 her daughter gave birth to her first granddaughter Arielle Sunshine Moore. Brenda and Marty were so happy to have their first grandchild and Brenda spent every moment she could being a loving grandmother to Arielle. She was the first to call Brenda Nanny, and it has stuck with her ever since she was born. Brenda was extremely proud of Arielle for everything she has accomplished at the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Cadets at such a young age.

On August 1st, 2012 their family was complete when their son and Daughter-in-law gave birth to their 2nd granddaughter Callie Eve Ricker. Callie was her namesake. Callie also shared her Nanny’s love of all things Disney and Tinkerbell. She will miss her Nanny very much.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 44 years Martin (Marty) Gene Ricker, her mother, Virginia Dawn Harvey. Daughter, Stacey Nicole Ricker, Son, William (Billy) Roger Ricker, Daughter-in-law, Ashley Ricker & Future Son-in-law, Corey Blake. And their 2 grandchildren, Arielle Sunshine Moore & Callie Eve Ricker. Her Sister Susan Pierce & Brother Mark Harvey. She is also survived by many Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends & neighbors. She loved them all with all of her heart. The love she gave her family and friends will remain in our hearts forever.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, September 14, 2019

Memories

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Heather Maloney

September 9, 2019

I met “Aunt Brenda” as a teenager at one of her niece’s family get togethers. I was newly relocated to South Florida to live with my Dad and Stepmom and missed my own Aunts, cousins and family so much. I’m pretty sure they never knew how much they reminded me of my family and how much I loved being around them, especially Brenda. She was always so welcoming and funny and she made me feel like extended family. I’m lucky to have known you Brenda and I hope that you rest easy. Thoughts, love and prayers to the entire family.

Carol Nichols Parker

September 9, 2019

So many memories with Brenda and Marylou at Uncle Boy and
Frances's house off Summit Blvd. She was a part of my life that I will always cherish and I will love and miss her always.
My love and sympathy to the family.
Love
Carol Ann

Robin Stabel

September 8, 2019

How do you share 43 years of memories in 2000 words or less? I'm not sure I could just pick one but I will try. I do have one specific memory that I will NEVER forget! I was young, maybe 6 and we used to have BBQ's at my grandma's house every Saturday night. I had this thing called a "rats nest" in my hair, it was like dread locks, a matted mess, in the back of my head. Aunt Brenda took over the job of detangling my rats nest(every Saturday night)! because my mom couldn't put up with my whining,"it hurts"!She would sit there for hours detangling my mess and listening to me scream. She was dedicated and made my hair beautiful! She must have had amazing patiences at that time :)
Brenda was an amazing person. Family was her thing, family was always number 1 and anyone that knows her well knows she would go to great lengths to protect them. I am going to miss her so much. I am happy that she is resting peacefully and reunited with loved ones that have passed. I will carry her in my heart and cherish the 43 years of memories we've had.

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