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Rickard, Pauline Anker  
PAULINE ANKER RICKARD Pauline (Anker) Rickard, our beautiful Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and newly Great Great Grandmother flew into the loving arms of her Saviour on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Mom was born on a ranch in Rincon Valley, Ca in the middle of winter. She was not even 5 lbs, and they placed her in a box by the fire. She had an idyllic childhood on the ranch, picking blackberries and plums, swimming in the creek, and being chased by some pretty mean geese almost daily. Eventually her parents called for her to join them in Eureka, where her father had a new job. Reluctantly Mom left the ranch, and lived the rest of her life in Eureka although she never got used to the fog. Three little (mischievous) brothers came along and Mom was put in charge of them frequently. We all loved to hear the stories from that time, especially from her brothers: Harold (Jiggs) Anker (deceased), Jimmy Anker (deceased) and Gary Anker of Fort Bragg Ca. Her first job was as an usherette at the Eureka Theater. She would walk from her home on Fairfield street to the theatre and back without a second thought. Sometimes her brothers would come to the show, and they would exasperate her with their antics until she threatened to tell their mother, which made them behave. In 1950 she met our father, Ronald Rickard. After a two week courtship, they eloped to Reno and were married in a little chapel. The family still has the telegram she sent to her parents to tell them she had married. While a two week courtship would not work for many, for our parents it did. They remained married until the death of our father in 2001. Mom had a shining spirit and a deep love for the Lord. In 2001 she began a new chapter of her life: living alone. But poor Mom was hardly ever alone. Because "Grams House" is where we all wanted to be, those who lived close never went more than a few days without going to see her, and we talked with her daily. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital as a Nurses Aide for 16 years, and later in life, she worked as a Food Demonstrator at Costco. Many knew her as the "little lady with the snow white hair". Mom loved that job, she loved interacting with the customers. She held that job until she turned 80, and ignoring the pleas of her family to stop working, she did not stop until she was good and ready. She was always our Treasure, our Cup of Gold, and we adored her. She was lively, funny, and until her last illness, was always up to go do something, hit up the casino, or just to go for a ride. Nothing made her happier than going on a picnic! Mom is survived by her two daughters Connie (Harold) Phenix of Blue Lake, Cynthia (Dave) Calderon of McKinleyville, her brother Gary Anker of Fort Bragg, brother-in-Law Robert (Kathy) Rickard of Willow Creek, and sister-in-law Mary Anker of Red Bluff, six grandchildren: Krista (Gary) De Fraga of Carmichael, CA, Melissa (Travis) Toledo of Blue Lake, Kendra Calderon of Eureka, Brenna (Darin) Blackwell of Eureka, Joel Calderon of Eureka and Rick Calderon of McKinleyville. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren ages 22 years to 9 months. Mom had many nephews and nieces who were important to her. She loved them all, and they loved her! A few weeks before she passed, she was able to hold her first great great grandchild. Family meant everything to Mom, and she meant everything to us. While we rejoice that she is safe in Heaven and reunited with our father and other loved ones, we are left behind to navigate our lives without her. Wonderful memories and the strength, and faith she instilled in all of us will help us through. With the amazing help and support of Hospice, Mom was able to remain in her home until she passed. We especially want to thank Nurse Julie, who was so supportive and kind. Services will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 3 p.m. at Ocean View cemetery, to be followed by a gathering at the Blue Lake Fire Hall. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Humboldt. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Sept. 23, 2016
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