Friday, June 15, 2012

Anna Benilda Rickerson 1916-2005

Anna Benilda Rickerson went home to be with her Lord on April 5, 2005 at her home in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 18 days.

Anna was born September 18, 1916 in Hempstead, New York, one of six children born to the union of the late Samuel and Ida (Byne) Sternbergh. Her brothers, Henry, Thomas and Alfred, and her sisters, Ida and Margarite preceded Anna in death.

Anna grew up in Pennsylvania where she graduated from high school. After graduation, Anna traveled extensively in both the United States and abroad. In 1962, she received her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the nursing school in Chicago, Illinois.

On May 11, 1940, Anna married Deloy Sinclair in the Republic of Panama, and to this union three daughters were born, Carolyn, Annabell and Gloria Jean. Annabell and Gloria Jean preceded Anna in death.

On March 5, 1966, in Waynesville, Missouri, Anna was united in marriage with James W. Rickerson. Anna and James shared nearly 20 years of marriage before James preceded her in death on December 4, 1985.

Anna was fluent in Spanish, and while living in New York, worked for several years as a bi-lingual telephone operator. She also loved being a nurse, and took care of people all of her life, even to her last day was still taking care of her friend, John Marley.

Anna was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waynesville. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, writing and was a wonderful cook.

She will be fondly remembered by her daughter: Carolyn McGlaughlin of Miami, Florida; her nephew: Matt Masters of Lebanon; one sister-in-law: Barbara Sternbergh of Graham, North Carolina; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and several other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 9, 2005 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Wilbur Harbaugh officiating. Rev. Benito Perez read Psalm 23 in Spanish. Anna's niece and nephew, Lisa Masters Smith and Matt Masters gave a beautiful eulogy. Pianist Becky Lercher accompanied Soloist Cory Seay as he sang "Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden". Serving as escorts were David Deckard, Rob Killmore, Levi Long, Mark Raney, Rodney Rickerson and Chad Seay. Serving as honorary escorts were Joe Kelley, Luke Masters and James Rickerson.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

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