RUTH C. RICKETTS, affectionately known as "Ruthie," through the Will of God was born June 24, 1933 in Buffalo, New York to Rufus "Papa" Baynard and Ruth Parsons. Ruth peacefully transitioned on May 25, 2019.
At eight years old, Ruth was adopted into the care of Mr. and Mrs. Corley, close friends of Papa and Ruth. After three years, she returned home to be with her parents and eight brothers and sisters. Ruth graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School in June of 1953. She married soldier, Frederick Otey in August and gave birth to a baby girl, Lori. Six months later, she received news that Frederick had passed in the Korean War. Seven years later, Ruth married Luther Ricketts in 1960. To this union were three children: Luther Ricketts, Jonathan Ricketts and Cori Spencer. This union lasted until Luther's transition in 2011.
Ruth attended church, becoming a constant voice of reason, while also lending a listening ear. She would instantly be seen as an admirable Elder in any setting. She was lovingly called "Momma" by her children. She loved people and her Bible. She remained actively involved in her community. Most recently, Ruth held the position of Buffalo Center's Client Counsel.
Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Lori Singletary (Goliath "Coach") and Cori Spencer; two sons, Luther Ricketts and Jonathan Ricketts; grandchildren, Emanuel, Matthew "The Far" Singletary, Sarah, Jael "Ruth" Lee Singletary, Eze Makonner Francis, Nandi Marceena Ruth Spencer, Nzinga Kezia Spencer and Makeda "Lorey" R. Lee Singletary; great-grandchildren, Maja Jo Francis, Makonnen Francis, Nia Ruth Francis, Tiye Theresa Spencer, Willie "Bukki" Griffin, and Malia "Mali" Kilgore and a host of extended family and friends.
Family will receive friends Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10am at Providence Memorial Chapels, 1275 Sycamore St. Funeral to follow at 11am. Interment at St. John's Cemetery.
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