Nancy Virginia (Long) Rickard, 90, of Martinsburg passed away on 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 Hedgesville United Methodist Church.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, James Harrison Rickard; one daughter, Sally Unger (Greg) of Berkeley Springs; one 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 (B.J.), Tyler Paige, Jeannie Gilbert (Gregg), Tina Reifsneider (Chuck), Lisa Guzman (John), Nicole Crocker (Robert); thirteen great-nieces/nephews;
She was preceded in death 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 1950. She attended Shepherd College, receiving a Degree in Music Education. She was a drummer in the first Shepherd College Band, and the pianist for the Jazz Band. She belonged to the Phi Sigma Chi Alumni Sorority.
She was a teacher for 25 years, teaching Music in Union Bridge, MD and 5th and 6th Grade at Hedgesville Elementary School, in addition to directing the chorus at the school. She was a member of Berkeley Co. Friends of Music, and also taught private piano lessons. She was a member of Mt. Clifton Homemakers/CEOS for over 25 years and was awarded the Berkeley Co. CEOS Homemaker of the Year.
Nancy was very active in her church and community, teaching Sunday School and volunteering her time to church activities, including singing in the choir. She devoted her time to such programs as the Berkeley Co. Read Aloud Program, Parks and Recreation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, 4-H County Fair, Lion’s Club Dinners, and HHS Band Parents.
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 delighted in music, designed quilts, crafted baskets, knitted, decorated/entertained, enjoyed photography, cross-country skied, and golfed. With family and friends, she bicycled the 184 miles of the C&O Canal. She embraced the history of Jimmy and her family, extensively researched their genealogy.
She was respected and loved by many. Her creativity and musical spirit, her appreciation of nature, along with her wit and wisdom, and the love for her family will be truly missed.
Family will receive friends at Hedgesville United Methodist Church, October 23,2022, 12:30-1:00 before the funeral service.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Hedgesville United Methodist Church with Chaplain Lindsay Arnold officiating.
Interment will be held in Rosedale Cemetery.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at 4PM at Arden United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall.
A Music scholarship to Shepherd University is being established in memory of Nancy. Donations may be made to the Hedgesville High School Alumni Association and sent to Mark Catlett, Treasurer, 1892 Clayton Ridge Drive, Winchester, VA 22601