Mary Ricard, 55, work with inmates more a religious calling than a job, renowned cook loved being out in the sun.
Mary Katherine Ricard, of Ordway, died Sept. 24, 2012, in Ordway. She was born Dec. 25, 1956, in Mountain Home, Idaho, to James and Geraldine Leidal.
Mary was married to Timothy L. Ricard on Nov, 28, 1984. She went to school to become a nurse, her career changed when she began her family and became a full-time mom. She was a small package of boundless energy, and a workaholic. Family often referred to her as 5 foot, 2 inches of dynamite.
Mary was a pastry chef at Copper Mountain for 14 years. She made amazing wedding cakes with white chocolate butter cream frosting. She was a superb cook, known for her potato salad and white bread and dinner rolls. She cooked, canned and dehydrated foods. She loved to bake cookies with her grandkids who lovingly referred to her as “MeMaw”.
Some of her hobbies were spinning wool, weaving, knitting. She knitted baby blankets for all her grandkids from angora wool she spun from rabbits which she raised.
She always had rabbits, chickens and geese, occasionally a horse, pigs and once an emu. Her prized pet was a tiny poodle called Joshua, sometimes referred to a little brother by her children. She loved her large vegetable garden and being out in the sun, tending her rose bushes.
She loved to sew, making her own bridal gown and brides maids dresses. Also shirts and pants for her husband to be and groomsmen. Every year she sewed flannel pajamas for her daughter, and granddaughters, pajamas for her husbands, sons, nephews, and grandsons; a tradition started by her grandmother on a farm in Minnesota where she often spent summers. She could sew anything with fabric and a pattern.
She was in her mid-40s when she was determined to work with inmates, for her it was more a religious calling than a job. She wanted to help prisoners, reach out to them. She felt it was God’s work for her to do.
Mary was proud to be a correctional officer at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility from 2003 to 2007 before she transferred to the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility and promoted to sergeant.
She loved people, helping people, coworkers and family meant so much to her. Her life was spent helping and loving others.
She enjoyed attending “Women Of Faith” every year with her daughter Katie. She attended the Agape Life Church in Arvada.
She is survived by her husband Timothy Ricard, Ordway, daughter Katie (Kelvin) Smith, Denver, son Jack Benson, Denver, son Ben (Andria) Ricard, Denver, son Joey Benson, Denver, also nine grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her mother Geraldine Leidal, sister Lisa Gross.
Graveside services were Sept. 29 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Buena Vista. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family through First National Bank, 300 Main St., #301, Ordway, CO., 81063.
A Fallen Correctional Facility Officer Memorial Service was held Oct. 1, at the Crowley County High School, Ordway.
Arrangements by Runyan Mortuary where online condolences may be given at RunyanMortuary.com.