Elizabeth S. "Betty" Spencer-Ricket

June 1, 1934 ~ October 7, 2018 (age 84)


Elizabeth S. “Betty” Spencer - Ricket, age 84, of St. Joseph, was born June 1, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan.  On October 7, 2018, she joined our Lord in Heaven. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 12, 2018, at 12:00 noon at the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookfield with Fr. Jerry Kaimann officiating.  Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Brookfield.  A Rosary will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the church followed by a visitation until the time of service.

Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Crossroads Hospice Kids Camp may be left at the church or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

A very loving, caring and devoted Disciple of Christ, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother will be sadly missed by all.

Betty resided in Brookfield, Missouri for over three decades.  She worked for Medalist Stanbury and later at McLarney Manor as a very loving and devoted care giver to many in their final journey in life.  In her words, “a vocation” not merely a job.

In the early 1950’s, as a young woman just out of Catholic High School, she obtained employment with Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company in Detroit, Michigan as a secretary.  While working at Parke-Davis she met and later married Charles C. “Chuck” Spencer, Jr. on June 13, 1959.  After 31 years of marriage and raising four children, Charles unexpectedly joined the Lord on August 1, 1990.

A few years later Betty met another wonderful man, Albert Ricket.  They were married on July 16, 1993.  After many happy years together, he also joined the lord on July 25, 2015. 

Survivors include her children, Charles C. Spencer, III of Blue Springs, Scott Spencer and wife, Gayla (Bailey) of Ashland, Susan R. Ringeisen of St. James, Sandra Johnson and husband, Terry of St. Joseph, Teresa Doss and husband, Kenny of Brookfield, Mike Ricket and wife, Anna of Leawood, Kansas and Mark Ricket and wife, Sherry of Strafford; 20 grandchildren, Lindsay Spencer, Johnna Spencer, Brandon Spencer, Bailey King, Kyle Wendels, Shannon Herode, Spencer Johnson, Preston Johnson, Adam Holloway, Ashley Ricket, Bradley Ricket, Riley Ricket, Dane Ricket, Dakota Ricket, Dustin Hayes, Dylan Hayes, Matt Ringeisen , Jennifer Ringeisen, Julie Ringeisen and Jason Ringeisen; and 11 great-grandchildren, Charlie and Elizabeth Stanger, Gage and Axel Wendels, Emma and Natalie Herode, Emily Little, Earley King and Lillyan, Ainsley and Evelyn Ricket,

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emily Hallman and Andrew Laing and stepfather, Joseph Hallman; and one brother, Andrew J. Laing.  Also preceding her on their journey to heaven; two wonderful husbands, Charles C. Spencer, Jr. and Albert Ricket; and a son-in-law, Bob Ringeisen.  

“God does not promise us a smooth passage – just a safe delivery”

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