Nellie Maxwell Houston Rickard

Nellie Maxwell Houston Rickard, 88 of Toms Brook, Widow of Marwood Rickard, died Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 1:00 PM. at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery by Rev. Joe Fleming.

Mrs. Rickard was born on January 8, 1923 at Strasburg, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Hallie Hagood and Nellie Grace Rutz Houston. She worked for and managed the family trucking business and was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Harrisville.

Mrs. Rickard is survived by two sons, Lyman Rickard of Lancaster, PA and David Rickard of Toms Brook; two daughters, Maurine Rickard of Biglerville, PA and Janette Shelby of Manassas; and five grandchildren, Joshua Houston Rickard, Chelsey Renee Rickard, Lindsey Marie Rickard, Matthew William Shelby, and Patrick Roy Shelby.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock from 6 to 8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, Toms Brook, Virginia, 22660, Toms Brook Fire Department, Toms Brook, Virginia 22660, Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St. Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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One Condolence to Nellie Maxwell Houston Rickard

  1. Lyman, David, Maurine and Jan
    Your mother Nell was a family friend and neighbor with common sense and a sense of humor, who listened and laughed often, who enjoyed her family and sharing her garden. Our family always enjoyed visiting with her and with Marwood, a wealth of interesting life experiences with each. While growing up I looked foward to summer and the “coming to life” of the Rickard place when your family returned from Flordia. We will treasure our many memories with her and your family, (she sent us a note this past Christmas). We can all take comfort in her active fellowship with God and her church all her life.
    Luther and Betty Gochenour