Melissa Carol Rickman
In Loving Memory
Lake Junaluska- Melissa Carol Rickman, age 66, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville where she was lovingly surrounded by her family and friends.
Melissa was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Billie Rickman; and also a niece, Ericka Cook Gaddy.
She was a 1971 graduate of Pisgah High School and continued her education at Western Carolina University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. To know Melissa was to love her and we shall forever hold memories of her working in her flower garden and being amazed how she could grow anything. She was an avid and voracious reader and when it came to cooking, her delicious homemade apple pie was a favorite of everyone. Melissa was blessed with a caring and kind heart and she loved all animals especially her fur baby, “Autumn”. Her beautiful smile and her sweet spirit will remain a part of us forever.
Left to cherish her memory are her sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Phil Cook of Canton; her brother, Mike Rickman of Florida; a niece; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and a great-great- nephew.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to a dear and special friend of Melissa’s, L.J. Combs who was truly invaluable to the family during Melissa’s illness.
To honor and remember the life of Melissa, “a covered dish” memorial celebration will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the home of Phil and Patsy Cook.
Memorials may be made in Melissa’s memory to SARGES Animal Rescue Foundation, 256B Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for Melissa and her family.