Patricia (Pattie) Adelaide Deurell Ricker, 73, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Harris Hill Nursing Home in Concord after a period of failing health.
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Born in Medford, Mass. on March 16, 1939, Pattie was the daughter of John and Adelaide Ricker. Pattie graduated Medford High School in 1957. A talented singer, she studied voice at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Also
a skilled writer, she wrote columns for the Medford Mercury and Maine's Courier-Gazette.
Pattie worked for many years as a police dispatcher and for
the State of New Hampshire as a 911 operator. She was a true adventurer who was never afraid to take the road less traveled. Pattie loved her children and grandchildren, her pets and could cook the world's best pot roast.
Pattie was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Peter Ricker. She is survived by four children, Nancy Deurell of Scottsdale, Ariz., Gwen Deurell of Loudon, Erik Deurell and his wife Shideh of Burlington, Mass., DD
Travers and her husband Mike of Manchester; and three grandchildren, Jessica Bennett of Scottsdale, Bobby Krieger of Loudon and Parisa Deurell of Burlington. She also left behind a loving sister-in-law, Anne Deurell of Concord and her cat, Casper, who now resides in Loudon.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23 at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main St., Concord. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on July 24 Oak Grove Cemetery, 230 Playstead Road, Medford, Mass.
Memorial donations may be made to the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Published in The Concord Monitor on July 21, 2012