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RICKS JO RICKS Jo Ricks, chairman of the D.C. Real Estate Commission, a prominent real estate broker for over 25 years, a community activist in Washington's Logan Circle neighborhood, and a semi-professional musician for five decades, died October 25, 2018, having battled pancreatic cancer for the past three years. Jo, born Josephine Holding Ricks in Mount Olive, NC (the Pickle Capital of the South!) on November 27, 1946, lived in Washington, DC for 50 years. Her early professional jobs in Washington included administrative positions with different private sector entities, however she found her calling as a real estate agent, concentrating her efforts in the vibrant Logan Circle section of the city. In 2009, she was appointed by then-Mayor Adrian Fenty to the D.C. Real Estate Commission and a few years later rose to the chairmanship of the Commission. She was an active participant in ARELLO, the national Association of Real Estate License Law Officials and served as its District One Vice President. Jo was an Associate Broker at City Houses, a boutique real estate firm based in DuPont Circle, where besides selling homes, she managed a large number of residences for foreign service officers stationed abroad. Long active in the Episcopal Church Jo served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Washington. She was a member of, and active participant in St. George's Episcopal Church in Valley Lee, Maryland, a church which dates its founding to 1638, and is the oldest continuous Episcopal/Anglican congregation in Maryland. Jo Ricks was married to Jeffrey Clark, a well-known international development specialist and widely published writer. They married in Washington in 1981 and lived their 37 years together in Logan Circle and at their second home on St. George Island, Maryland. In the waters of the Southern Potomac River, Jo and Jeff spent a lot of time on several different boats they owned until the rigors of boat ownership dawned upon them. They were adventurous travelers, making their way in recent years to Ethiopia, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. They toured the battlefields of Normandy in France and Stonehenge in Britain as well as spending considerable time in Key West, Florida. Earlier they made it to Cuba, Morocco, Nova Scotia and Kenya. The musical career of Jo, known in some circles as The Diva, took a sharp turn in recent years when she suddenly pivoted from singing classic American standard ballads to rock'n'roll. She was a founding member of Hook, Line & Sinker, a St. Mary's County, Maryland-based band which focused on popular rock cover songs from the 1970s through more current times. Their CD entitled "First Take in Reel Time' was, by the standards of local semi-professional bands, a big seller and their Southern Maryland concerts tended to be sold out performances. Jo was performing with her rock band as late as mid-September. Jo's husband and close family members hope that all of those who have supported her during her illness know of their appreciation and gratitude for that successful attempt to keep her spirits and health elevated during that struggle. She remained true to her long-time advertising tag line, "Not Your Average Jo." She did not lose her spirits or zest for life during her epic struggle against cancer. Her radiant smile never dimmed. A memorial service for Jo will be held at the Bethlehem Chapel of Washington National Cathedral on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11 a.m., 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016. A private burial will take place on November 3, 2018 at St. George Episcopal Church followed by a Compline service at 4 p.m., also at St. George Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, P.O. Box 30, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Jo requested that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts be directed to St. George Episcopal Church.
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 30, 2018
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