Aug. 18, 1932—April 14, 2019
Sheila Margaret (nee. Shannon) Rickard passed peacefully at home in Longview, Washington.
Sheila was born in St. Mary’s Hospital and spent her childhood in Paddington, London. She moved to homes of safety in the countryside during the German Blitzkrieg. She attended Maida Vale Academy, then art study at Regent Street Polytechnic. At 14, she left school for employment. In 1952, she traveled to the USA on the Queen Elizabeth II. Married in Ohio, she had 3 daughters, Pamela, Denise and Kathi, and became a naturalized American citizen.
Sheila met love of her life John Thomas Rickard and they married in 1966. Tom and Sheila bought a bait store in Ohio and built it into Rickard’s Bait & Tackle. They had a son, Andrew. In the ‘80s they moved to Boise, Idaho, then later to Kelso. They relocated to Vancouver, where Tom passed in 2004; Sheila and Andrew moved to Longview in 2005.
Sheila actively participated in the art scene and furthered her knowledge while maintaining employment. She belonged to Portland Fine Arts Guild, Ridgefield Art Association, the Broadway Gallery, the Columbia Artists, and the Oil Painters Guild, among others. Along with creating a prolific body of work, Sheila served offices for her various groups, and put energy into setting up art shows. Her work won many awards through the years, notably the Grumbacher, People’s Choice, and Weyerhaeuser, and is found in collections around the world. After a fulfilling art career, Sheila dived into the bazaar scene, where crochet and knitting became her new passion. She enjoyed studying Native American art and culture, learning to embody that influence in some of her creations.
She and Kathi travelled to England to celebrate her and her twin brother Patrick’s 80th birthday. She was thrilled to meet other members of her family, establishing relationships that lasted strongly for the rest of her life.
Sheila is survived by her four children; her grandchildren Lani, Jennie, and Max; great-grandsons Reef and Kobi; sisters Barbara and Wendy; brother Peter; and many nieces and nephews.