Barbara Ann Rickenbaker

Died: Tue., Aug. 23, 2016


Visitation

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Fri., Aug. 26, 2016
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service


Funeral Service

11:30 AM Fri., Aug. 26, 2016
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service


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Barbara Ann Rickenbaker, Rick’s sweetheart, has gone Home. Barbara (Mimi, Mimzie, Mrs. Barbara, “Bee”) was Rick’s loving wife, best friend, confidante, encourager, “for-ever-young sweetheart” and the “wind beneath his wings” for 54 years. As evidenced by these pictures, she was always there to stand beside him, stand behind him, and to stand up for him. Rick wants everyone to know that he is the “luckiest” man to ever come out of Jedburg, SC !
 
Barbara lived “happily–ever-after” with her much loved family at “Home Sweet Home”, In her peaceful and loving “Quail Hollow” neighborhood, she lovingly, joyfully, and prayerfully reared two daughters, Alison Inglish Greco (Paul) and Shannon Elizabeth Burns (Joe). She was the ultimate “Mimi” to Emily Ashton Greco, Paul-David Greco, Matthew Thomas Greco and Caroline Elizabeth Burns. She was their “guardian angel” who loved them immeasurably, unconditionally, and with utmost encouragement and pride.
Barbara was the only daughter of William Joseph Baker (Olanta, SC) and Corrie Mae McKenzie (Kingstree, SC). She was the always caring, big sister to Harry L. Carter (Kingstree, SC) and Nelson McKenzie (Mack) Carter (Columbia, SC). She was “Aunt Barbara” to Jennifer, Justin, Lee, Dale, McKenzie and Meghan. She was best friends with Annie Jo, Doris Ann, Molly, and Claudia. They loved her and she loved them.
 
 
After graduating from Kingstree High School (clarinetist in the band, drum major, majorette, beauty queen, “Miss Sandy Bay”), Barbara attended Immanuel College (Georgia), followed by graduating from the Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Columbia. She dutifully served others as a medical surgical nurse at the former Baptist Hospital, and as a private duty nurse for those fortunate enough to enjoy her “Florence Nightingale” care and infectious, engaging personality. Her beautiful smile help “brightened the day” for many of God’s sick children.
 
 
 
“Mimi” loved going to the movies (always getting the kid’s box of popcorn, diet coke, and candy), reading books (to help her fall asleep), growing beautiful flowers (which she always had to ‘encourage’ Rick to plant), and watching the graceful butterflies and colorful song birds (and one sweet little hummingbird) as they each danced, fluttered, and dined from the multiple bird feeders outside her kitchen window. “Mimi” thought it was the most beautiful show in town, reflecting God’s handiwork in such a majestic and magical way. Oh, how she loved the Springtime……when new life was everywhere! She also loved coaching Rick (from the car passenger side) to “drive with some sense” and to “cut off the turn signal” after it had served its’ purpose five minutes earlier. As a member of First Baptist Church of West Columbia, Barbara really enjoyed serving and laughing in the kitchen, being a Greeter on Sunday mornings, and being Rick’s “sounding board” prior to his teaching their Sunday school class. Going back to “Sandy Bay” for the annual “homecoming day” at Sandy Bay Pentecostal Church was always eagerly anticipated with the promise of “knock your socks off” country cooking, Brown’s barbeque, and toe-tapping gospel music!
 
 
 
The gathering to honor, respect, and remember the life of  Rick’s “forever young” Sweetheart will be at Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service, 914 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC, on Friday, August 26. The service will begin at 11:30 AM, with the family receiving friends one hour earlier.
 
 
 
In lieu of flowers or a memorial, Barbara would encourage you to hug someone you love, go to a good movie, go out to eat, then go home and thank God for the blessings of your life. That will make her smile!

 

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Mary self
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Dear Allison and family,We are so sorry for your loss, a beautiful heart warming obituary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey. God bless Mimi and rob

Gail &Ron Rhymer
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Rick, Shannon &Alison
It is with much sadness to learn of Barbara's passing. What a wonderful lady. Our love and sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. May God lift you up in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Gail & Ron Rhymer
Lexington, SC

Barbara Ann Rinkenberger McKenzie
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Dear Rick and Family,

I was shocked to read of Barbara Ann's passing. She was always the epitome of pep and life. I have not seen y'all in a number of years but she will always be remembered by me as one of the people who made me welcome in a strange land. Spokane, Washington was nothing like Kingstree, South Carolina. I loved her then and will always remember her wonderful smile and generosity of spirit. She made us all feel good!


Michelle, Mark, Dylan and Audrey Thomas
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Alison,
While I never had the pleasure of meeting your mom I know that she was an amazing woman of God because i know you. She is now resting in the arms of the one who loves her more than all of us on earth added together. I pray that as you and Emily, Paul-David and Matthew go thur this trying weekende and the rest of the days to come you can imagine your mom/mimi at the feet of the King basking in his love for her.

I love you and am continuing to pray.

Anita Evans
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the good Lord comfort you till you see her again in heaven.

Charles and Linda Sinclair
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Dear Rick, Alison, and Shannon, We are so sad to learn of Barbara's passing. She was such a wonderful,loving person and we all have such wonderful memories of Myrtle Beach trips and other good times. Our prayers are with you and may you take comfort in knowing she had such a full, rich life with Rick and her family and friends.

Larue and Thelma Mckenzie
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Dear Rick and family
Sorry to hear about Barbara but her life was just like her moms. They always looked at the best in life . She always had a sweet spirit about her and we always looked forward to seeing you and her return to visit us at Sandy Bay.

Regards

Larue and Thelma Mckenzie. Sandy Bay PH church

Larue and Thelma Mckenzie
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Dear Rick and family
Sorry to hear about Barbara but her life was just like her moms. They always looked at the best in life . She always had a sweet spirit about her and we always looked forward to seeing you and her return to visit us at Sandy Bay.

Our prayers are with you

Larue and Thelma Mckenzie. Sandy Bay PH church

Paul Smith
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Rick,
Your "sweet-heart" is in the arms of our Lord. We haven't see you in a long time but what wonderful memories we enjoyed. Yes, you are the luckiest guy to ever come out of Jedburg! I remember the first time I saw Barbara and that beautiful smile radiated with love for all. Remember the Lord is right beside you and He is always by you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and family.
Peace and Grace,
Paul and Alice Smith
Columbia, SC

Carmella
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Allison sorry for your lost. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Colleen & Tim Bozard
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Rick, Alison & Paul - we were so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. What a wonderfully kind and generous woman she was! Words can't adequately express our sympathy. Please know you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Colleen & Tim

Warren & Betty Surratte (Courtney Carter's parents)
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Your obituary portrays her as beautiful, inside and out. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers to the family.

Jack And Lynda Fogle
   Posted Sun August 28, 2016
Allen, our condolences to you and your family for you loss of a lovely and truly good person. We will all miss her. Jack and Lynda

Mary Lou Taylor
   Posted Mon August 29, 2016
I do not know your family but I was deeply touched by the remarkable tribute to Mrs. Rickenbaker in the State paper. May God richly bless your family.

Mary Lou Taylor

Carolyn Williams
   Posted Fri September 02, 2016
Rick,
I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Barbara at First Baptist and serving with her in the kitchen. We shared lots of laughs and enjoyed eating lunch out together. I will miss her.
My prayers are with you and the family.
Carolyn Williams

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