Georganne Ricks

Georganne Ricks, 75, of Little Rock, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014. She was born Aug. 28, 1938, in Little Rock, to the late George and Fern Lyford. Georganne was predeceased by her husband Jett H. Ricks. She is survived by her children, Melody Taylor (Lewis), Jett V. Ricks (Robin) and Amy Gatewood, all of Little Rock, and stepdaughter Susie Ricks Whalen of Madison, Wis.; her siblings, Kay McCollum (Sid) and Bob Lyford (Nell), also of Little Rock; her grandchildren, Lowell, Anna, Claire and John Taylor; Jett Sam, Avery, Arden and Harper Ricks; Ben and Lucy Gatewood; stepgrandson Evan Whalen (Andrea), and nieces and nephews, Alison Nicholson, Robert McCollum, and Charles and Kate Lyford. Known for her lovely smile and abiding interest in people, current events and the arts, Georganne was a graduate of Hendrix College, a homemaker, and the organist/choir director at The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church for many years. She was a wonderful cook and delighted in opening her home to guests, whether for special dinners marked by beautiful china and place cards or extended stays that sometimes lasted for months. Georganne was a deacon and member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she loved singing in the choir, the Little Rock Aesthetic Club and the Happiness Singers. She supported the Arkansas Symphony for many years, as well as the Wind Symphony. She enjoyed playing bridge, walking with friends, going to movies and working crossword puzzles with family, as well as being an accomplished seamstress. She was always in the crowd at any event featuring her grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Her charm, optimism and sense of humor will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives. She served as a wonderful role model for all as a wife, daughter, in-law, mother, sister, and friend. Services will be Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow. Arrangements by Roller Chenal Funeral Home 13801 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, Ark. (501) 224-8300. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Go Near Ministry at 17200 Chenal Parkway, Suite 300, Little Rock, Ark., 72223, or online at Online guestbook:

Published May 2, 2014

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