Winter Holiday 03

Susan Rickertsen

December 15, 2023


Susan Marie Rickertsen, 76, graduated to her Heavenly home on Friday, December 15th, at 6:16pm. She passed peacefully at home with her family by her side. She’s preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Marguerite Farris, and her sons Kent Martin Rickertsen, and Blake Allen Rickertsen.

Susan was born on November 23rd, 1947, in Moberly, Missouri. She went to Moberly High School, where she met Chris Rickertsen Jr. Susan and Chris married on May 29, 1964, and soon started a family. First up was Kent, who was born in 1965, Blake Allen, born in 1970 (with us five days), and Troy Paul, born in 1972.

Chris and Susan moved to Meadowbrook, where they raised their boys. Susan was crafty, artistic, bubbly, funny, smart, and a great encourager. She loved her family, and loved spending the summers at Holiday Acres lake swimming. She was known for her hour long swims at the lake and YMCA, where she would often cover about a mile in the water. She and Chris taught the boys how to swim and waterski at a young age. She enjoyed fly-fishing, many times for bait, for family adventures of jugging for catfish and flathead. Susan and Chris enjoyed gardening together, cooking home family meals, often including fish or deer that Chris harvested from the area. 

She was incredibly supportive of Chris, Kent, and Troy’s interests, hobbies and endeavors. She and Chris went to many school wrestling and cross country events, and attended many concerts in support of their kids. She absolutely adored being around her grand-daughter, Emerald, and her great grandchildren Jaxon and Jada. Her eyes would light up whenever they entered the room. Her friends often commented on Susan’s bubbly spirit and uplifting smile. Did I mention that she was the queen of puns?

As a lover of history and documentaries, it was a real treat when Susan and her mom had the opportunity to experience and explore the Smithsonian up close and personal. During another family adventure, this time in Florida, she and Kent journeyed out in the wee hours of the night to watch the skies during a NASA shuttle launch, while Chris, Troy, and Amy got their beauty sleep.

Susan was a lifelong attender at Trinity United Methodist Church, where her parents Paulie and Marguerite also attended. She brought up her boys around church, and taught them about faith, belief, and the gift of salvation through Jesus. Troy shared that Susan had a beautiful voice, singing the hymns out loud with wonderfully rich overtones. 

Susan is survived by husband Chris, by her son Troy and wife Amy, her grand-daughter, Emerald, by her great grandchildren, Jaxon and Jada, brother Larry and Karen Farris of Kansas City, and their children; Steven Farris, Debra Brown, and David Farris, along with cousins Margie Shannon, Terra Skinner, Tommy and Jolene Farris, and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church would be greatly appreciated, and a way to honor Susan and the family.

Words of comfort and support were shared with the family at a visitation held in the Cater Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services honoring and celebrating Susan’s life  followed.  A private committal prayer and burial took place at the Oakland Cemetery.

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