Margaret Ricketts(1925 - 2013)

Margaret Ricketts 09/21/1925 - 06/01/2013 Margaret joined her Heavenly Father on the first day of June 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. When she received the news that she was terminally ill, she took comfort in the prospect of being reunited with loved ones who preceded her in death, guided in her final steps towards this joyous encounter by a lifelong faith in the Lord. Muggs, as her sisters called her, was born on September 21, 1925 in Fategarh, India, to Ralph D. Cornuelle and Anna Benade, both American Presbyterian Missionaries. Her childhood memories included summers on the slopes of the Himalayas and cooling off in the Ganges River, near the boarding school where her mother served as headmistress. When her father died from tropical fever, her mother moved the family back to the United States. There she attended the Ohio State University High School, a pioneering experiment in education that made it possible for her to attain her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and later she continued her studies at the University of Chicago, where she attained a Masters Degree in Anthropology by the time she was twenty-one years old. While in Chicago she met Robert Ricketts, who would become her husband. The day they met he carefully wrote her name and the date on a napkin, a napkin she would find thirty-eight years later, shortly after his death, tucked away in his bible. Needless to say he was devoted in his love for her from the beginning, and together they raised six children in Peru, where he worked for the railroad. During her years in South America Margaret taught Anthropology at the Universidad Católica Santa María in the city of Arequipa. She also taught English for different schools and was a founding member of Unámonos, a center specializing in providing quality education to children with mental and physical disabilities. She also had teaching and administrative responsibilities at the Centro Cultural Peruano-Norteamericano, an organization seeking to promote cultural exchange between the United States and Peru. After her husband died in 1986, she returned to the United States and settled in Bakersfield. Here she volunteered her services in different capacities, working at World Gifts as a volunteer for several years. She also became involved with Saint Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church, serving as Eucharistic Minister and reading the word of the Lord at Sunday Mass. Margaret is survived by five of her children: Robert in Phoenix, AZ, Doris in Lima, Peru, Alice in Idaho Falls, ID, Janine in Chicago, IL, and Edward in Bakersfield. Her daughter Joyce died in 1971. Please join us in celebration of her life at Saint Phillip the Apostle Church at 7100 Stockdale Hwy on July 1st 2013 at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 30, 2013