In memory of
Patricia Heaton RICKETTS
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In memory of
Patricia Heaton RICKETTS
RICKETTS, Patricia Heaton "Pat" (1928-2016) Patricia Heaton Ricketts "Pat" passed away on September 5, 2016. Pat was the daughter of Joseph Leonard Heaton and Lois Harvin Heaton and was born on March 23, 1928 in Chattanooga, TN. After graduating from Central High School, Pat attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY where she completed a double major in English and Psychology. Pat was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. She served as president her junior year and also served as co-editor of the college newspaper, the Georgetonian. During her senior year, Pat was class secretary, and a member of the Panhellenic council. She was a four year member of the Baptist Student Union. While at Georgetown, Pat met her life time friend and companion, Clarence Ricketts who was also enrolled at Georgetown College. Pat and Rick were married August 19, 1950. Although Rick had served in the US Army in Japan during World War II, Pat and Rick decided that the Navy would suit them better during the Korean War and the newly married couple moved to Pensacola, FL and were stationed at the naval air station. After the war, Pat and Rick opened a pharmacy in Carrollton, Kentucky. In 1966, Pat, Rick, and their three children moved to Lake Worth, FL where Pat began teaching for the Palm Beach County School Board and was employed for 20 years. Pat's family was also active in the First Baptist Church of Lake Worth where she was a Sunday school teacher for the children's classes and served as a leader in the children's worship program. During her teaching career, Pat taught English at Lake Worth Junior High School, where she also served as the head of the English Department. Pat earned a Master's Degree from Nova University and ultimately became an assistant principal at Lake Worth Junior High. Pat served as chairman of the committee for rewriting the junior high English curriculum for the Palm Beach County School System. After retiring, Pat and her husband split their time between Lake Worth, FL and Blairsville, GA. Pat never lost her love of teaching and learning and served as a volunteer teacher for the local literacy association teaching both young and old the joy of reading. She was also a founding board member of SAFE, an organization that provided homes for abused woman and children in Towns and Union County, Georgia. As much as Pat loved every child and creating a better world for all children, nothing gave her more joy than the arrival of her five grandchildren. At their retirement home in north Georgia, Pat would host Camp Cousins where her grandchildren and their cousins could gather for a week of fun on the lake, experiencing nature, and the joy of crafts. Pat was a quintessential housekeeper, host, and an avid reader. When she began a work that intrigued her, she would complete many household mundane tasks while holding a novel in one hand. Her creative nature drew her to ceramics, flower arranging and needlepoint. Pat was predeceased by her husband, Rick and is survived by her daughter, Dr. Patricia Ricketts (Dan Sparrow) with grandchildren, Amanda Black (Mike), and Rebecca Sparrow, her son, David Ricketts (Rosemary) and grandchild, Jonathan Ricketts, and her son, Jonathan Ricketts (Lavinia) and grandchildren, Kimberly and David Ricketts. Pat is a member of Good Shephard United Methodist Church, a member of the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Services will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 11:00AM at Good Shephard United Methodist Church. To express condolences and/or make donations: Visit
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