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Janis Ruth Rickard
1947 - 2013
Janis Rickard, 66, quit smoking and joined her family in Heaven on October 30, 2013. She was a 6 year breast cancer survivor and, in her last years, battled lung cancer. She expressed her heartfelt wish to thank everyone for the years of friendship, laughter and loyalty.
Jan was born on July 16, 1947 in Maywood, CA to Ruth Green and James Maycock. She married Frank Rickard in 1965. They were married for 14 years until his death in 1980 and had two daughters together. She worked in camera stores and doing photography in southern California for several years, eventually owning Claremont Camera with Frank.
Jan moved to Anderson, CA with her family in 1971 and it was there she set her roots. She worked for Kennemore Nursery for 8 years, spent 3 years as a teacher's aide at Meadowlane Elementary School and ultimately retired from Simpson Paper Company in 2000 after 20 years.
Over the years, Jan tried her hand at various crafts and raising cattle but found her real passion in vegetable gardening. She canned her produce and made incredible salsa. She shared her enthusiasm of gardening with the love of her life, Ival Knox. They were privileged to walk through life together for 25 years until his death on Valentine's Day in 2006.
Jan enjoyed traveling, particularly to the northern coast of California. In 2008, she took two of her grandsons, Derek Rickard and Ben Davis, on the trip of a lifetime and traveled cross-country by motor home. They visited 13 states over the summer. She greatly enjoyed spending time with extended family and friends who became family. In more recent years, she looked forward to her low impact aerobics class in Anderson, mostly to socialize with her girlfriends.
Jan was preceded in death by Frank Rickard, Jim Maycock, Ival Knox and Jess and Ruth Green.
She is survived by her Step-mom, Joyce Maycock; her two daughters and their husbands, Stella and Mike Davis and Marion and Chris Reinhart; 5 grandsons, Derek Rickard, Brad Reinhart, Ben Davis, Tanner Reinhart and Daniel Davis; one great grandson, Zacharia Hoagland-Rickard; siblings, Frank Loomis and his wife Rita, Ed Loomis, Peggy Martin and her husband Merritt, Bill Montello and his wife Chris, Jeannette Arnquist and her husband Cliff, Lynnette Board and her husband Robert, Marci Russell and her husband Brian, Keith Maycock; and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel, 2030 Howard St., Anderson, CA 96007 with a pot lunch reception immediately following at the Scout Hall at Anderson River Park.
Jan preferred live plants in lieu of flowers, or contributions to Interim Healthcare, 970 Executive Way, Redding, CA 96002 or the
. - with Marion Rickard Reinhart and Jan Loomis Rickard.
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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Nov. 5, 2013