Mary Jane Hightower Ricketts

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Age 79, Luray, Va.

Mary Jane Hightower Ricketts, 79, of Luray, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at her home.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1940, in Montgomery, Ga., and was a daughter of the late Milage Hightower and Lucindy Almond Hightower.

On June 9, 1967, she married William Ricketts, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, William A. Ricketts III and wife Salme of Irvine, Calif.; two granddaughters, Kaili and Liisa; and one grandson, Taabi. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Ruth Hall.

Mary Jane was a devoted and faithful wife for 53 years.

She loved her husband and family and was a supportive mother to their son, William.

Mary Jane gave up her career to serve together in her husband’s ministry in the Church of Jesus Christ for 43 years. She gained the reputation of being the perfect minister’s wife and filled the role superbly. But most of all she was a loving wife.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 20, at the Luray United Methodist Church by the Rev. Erich Bennett, with visitation one hour prior to the service, from 9-10 a.m.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday at Culpeper National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray United Methodist Church, Luray, Va. 22835.

Arrangements are in the caring hands of the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, Va.

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