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Nancy V. Rickard | Obituary

Nancy V. Rickard Nancy Virginia (Long) Rickard, 90, of Martinsburg died Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Stonerise Healthcare, Berkeley Springs.

Born February 16, 1932 in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late Herbert DeNeen Long and Annie May Porterfield Long.

She was a member of the Hedgesville United Methodist Church.

Nancy is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, James Harrison Rickard; one daughter, Sally Unger (Greg) of Berkeley Springs; a granddaughter, Jasmine Unger of Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Mary Ethel Michael Rickard, Thurmont, MD, and Susanne Horner (Jerry) of Inwood, WV; one brother-in-law, Eugene Paige of Martinsburg, and nieces and nephews, John Michael (Robin), Scott Michael, Andrew Horner, Mark Horner (Tracy), Laura Horner-Whiting (BJ), Tyler Paige, Jeannie Gilbert (Gregg), Tina Reifsneider (Chuck), Lisa Guzman (John), Nicole Crocker (Robert); thirteen grandnieces/nephews;

She was predeceased by one son, William DeNeen Rickard; two sisters-in-law, Mary Hope Paige and Jean Lee Davenport; two brothers-in-law Carl Michael and Glenn Rickard.

She graduated from Hedgesville High School, class of 1950. She attended Shepherd College, where she earned a degree in music education. She was a drummer in the original Shepherd College Band and a pianist in the Jazz Band. She belonged to the sorority of former students of Phi Sigma Chi.

She was a teacher for 25 years, teaching music in Union Bridge, MD and in grades 5 and 6 at Hedgesville Elementary School, in addition to leading the school choir. She was a member of Berkeley Co. Friends of Music and also taught private piano lessons. She was a member of Mt. Clifton Homemakers/CEO for over 25 years and received the Berkeley Co. CEOS Homemaker of the Year award.

Nancy was very active in her church and community, teaching Sunday school and volunteering her time in church activities, including singing in the choir. She has dedicated her time to programs such as Berkeley Co.’s Read Aloud Program, Parks and Recreation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, 4-H County Fair, Lion’s Dinners Club and Parents of the HHS Band.

Nancy had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed traveling with her beloved Jimmy to all 50 state capitals, Canada and Mexico, vacationing in Steamboat, CO and Pinedale, WY. A creative, curious and energetic soul, she loved music, designed quilts, made baskets, knitted, decorated/entertained, loved photography, cross-country skied and played golf. Along with her family and friends, she cycled the 184 miles of the C&O Canal. She embraced the history of Jimmy and his family, researched their genealogy extensively.

She was respected and loved by many. His creativity and musical spirit, his appreciation of nature, as well as his wit and wisdom, and love for his family will be truly missed.

The family will receive friends at Hedgesville United Methodist Church on October 23, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. before the funeral.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Hedgesville United Methodist Church with Chaplain Lindsay Arnold officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

A Music Scholarship at Shepherd University is being established in memory of Nancy. Donations can be made to the Hedgesville High School Alumni Association and sent to Mark Catlett, Treasurer, 1892 Clayton Ridge Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

Arrangements made by Brown Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com .