November 02 - December 01, 2004
MUSCATINE, Iowa – Evelyn M. Rickey, mother of Miss Louise Munday, formerly of Mason City, died Wednesday, December 1, 2004, at Unity Hospital.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2004, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue. Dr. Hal Green of the Wesley United Methodist Church will officiate. Casket Bearers will be Nick Ratcliff, Greg Johnston, Doug Johnston, Al Church, Steve Ziegenhorn and Bill Snydacker. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2004, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Unity Hospice Program.
Evelyn was the daughter of Andrew and Dora Thomas, born in Cook, Minnesota, on November 2. She married Delos G. ‘Rick’ Rickey in Mason City on February 14, 1955. They were married for 48 years before he preceded her in death on February 19, 2003.
She was a life long resident of Mason City, only moving to Muscatine in November of 2002.
Evelyn graduated from Mason City High School. She then pursued her career in dance, studying with professional dancer Gladys Hyatt in Chicago. For years she continued to study with other professionals around the country, opening her own studio in Mason City, Clear Lake, Charles City, Austin and Rochester, Minnesota. She taught for over 35 years. This was her whole life, her love for dance. She touched the lives of so many dancers. After closing her studio in Mason City, she opened Evelyns’ Dance Boutique in Mason City. She loved to work with people. She and her husband loved to dance every week at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.
Evelyn loved to play bridge, she was involved in numerous bridge clubs for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Majhon Club in Mason City, a life long member of the Mason City Country Club, and member of the Lady Elk’s in Mason City and Muscatine. Crocheting, knitting and sewing were another of her many hobbies. She was a member of the First Congressional Church in Mason City, working very closely with the many women’s groups in the church and community. She had a great passion for life and people. She loved to travel. Her family meant the world to her. She had six sisters and two brothers. Her family owned and operated A.J. Thomas and Sons Christmas Tree business in Mason City.
One of her biggest joys was helping her daughter, Louise Munday, start her own dance business in Muscatine. She was very involved in the studio and helped every year with the shows. She would travel to Chicago yearly with the girls in the Dance Company for the annual dance convention. Dance truly was her life. She had a tremendous energy for life and people.
Survivors are her daughter, Louise Munday, her husband Ron Munday and grandson Grant Munday of Muscatine; a son, Steven Rickey, his wife Gail, of Kent, Washington, three grandchildren, Jeanne Rickey, Craig Rickey, and Leighanne Malvotte; and two great-grandchildren, Jared and Alex Rickey; her sister, Ruth Reasor of Mason City; two nephews, Michael Ford and Lynn Reasor; nieces, Nancy Schwab and her family, Shirley Yont, Reneì Saldana and her family; and many great nieces nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delos G. ‘Rick’ Rickey; five sisters, Cecile Sulteen, Lola Sawtelle, Gladys Oldfield, Vera Thomas, Edna Ford; two brothers, Manley and Lawrence Thomas; two nieces, one nephew, and one great-niece.