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Delores Katherine (Coursey) Ricketts
July 26, 1936 ~ October 19, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Delores Katherine Coursey-Ricketts, age 87, peacefully stepped into eternity at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Easton, MD on October 19, 2023. Delores was born on July 26, 1936 in Caroline County to the late Martha and Lee Coursey of Denton, MD.
Delores received her education in Caroline County and graduated in the class of 1954 at Lockerman High School. She also graduated from Pioneer Business School in Philadelphia, PA. She met and married Stanford Ricketts Sr. and from that union two children were born, son, Stanford Ricketts Jr. and daughter, Gladys Mann.
Delores accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 1979 at Bell’s Chapel in Denton, MD under the leadership of Rev. Hardsty. After many years of dedicated service at Bell’s Chapel, she went on to Union Bethel Church in Denton, MD where she taught Sunday School under the leadership of Rev. Hawkins. After her time at Bethel, she moved her membership to New Beginnings UM church in Ridgely, MD.
Delores was employed at several places such as: Greensboro Elementary School, where she was a teacher’s assistant, the Department of Social Services in Denton, MD, where she worked for 18 years, Caroline County Council of Arts Center in Denton, after that she became a child-care provider. She had a love and affection for each little one that she took care of and she would go above and beyond to meet their needs.
Delores was a member of several organizations which include: United Woman in Faith at New Beginnings UM church, the Red Hats Club with the Modern Maturity Center, American Legion Ladies Auxillary, the Mamie Scott Post #193, and she was well known at the Denton Country Club.
Delores will always be remembered for her positive attributes like her humble and quiet demeanor and her positive attitude about life. She had a contagious smile and enjoyed phone conversations with family and friends. Family was near and dear to her heart and she made sure they remained together. Her yard was always full of the family children during cookouts, the boys would play basketball and the girls would have tea parties.
She will also be remembered for her favorite sayings like: “Where’s My Pearls, I’m now complete!”, “Come on daughter, let’s ride, because I’ve already made plans!, “Remember, I’m the mother, you’re the daughter!” and the most memorable one that she would tell her children, “Pray About it!”. She will also be remembered for the huge smile on her face when her son would call. She loved those long conversations with him about football games and life in general. She delighted in spending time with her son and family.
Delores had several hobbies like; cooking, sewing, music, playing the piano, teaching and flower gardening. She also became a local artist and she took part in various civic community activities.
Delores leaves to cherish loving memories with her daughter, Gladys Mann, son, Stanford Ricketts Jr. (Nykita), siblings; Thomas Coursey and Janice Coursey Seth, grandchildren; Carisma (Devon) Slaughter, Tiffany (Anthony) Bell, Stanford Ricketts III, Savion Ricketts, great-grandchildren; Daylin, Deion and Denim and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Delores was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Aaronynna Nysheria Ricketts Mann and sister-in-law, Joyce Coursey.