Pamela Rickards

Obituary of Pamela Rickards

Pamela Jean (Pearson) Rickards was born on November 24, 1947 in Illinois. She passed away on October 17, 2023 after a sudden decline in her health. She was surrounded by loved ones. Pamela is survived by her loving husband Tedford Rickards; children - Cheryln Staas (Steven) and William Rickards (Tammy); grandchildren - Brittni Calka, Alexis Rickards, Kerstyn Staas, Nikole Rickards, and Kristyn Staas; great-grandchildren - Blake, Bentley, Lane, and Cole; along with many loyal friends and extended family members. Pamela was preceded in death by her parents William and Bettie Pearson, and her sister, Billie Bengs. After graduating from Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, CA, Pamela earned her cosmetology license. Though health concerns prevented her from practicing her craft, she was extremely proud of her license and continued to renew it each year. Pamela was a self-proclaimed military brat and continued the military lifestyle into adulthood with her husband, Tedford. Tedford and Pamela met in December of 1966 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. They married when Pamela was 20 years old, and they remained in love ever since. Their military life allowed them to travel to many states before they settled in Wheatland, CA. Throughout her life, Pamela was very involved in her children's extracurriculars. She always kept them busy with choir, dance, baseball, and other activities. When her grandchildren came along, she continued her passion for helping with their sports and activities. She became very involved in Wheatland Youth Football and Cheerleading, becoming known as everyone's "Mema". Every Saturday, Mema could be seen on the sidelines cheering alongside her granddaughters. When her two youngest granddaughters became involved in softball, Mema would venture out on those chilly mornings and hot afternoons to watch her girls play. She was even able to watch her great-grandson enjoy playing football and baseball in recent years before her health declined. Pamela's love for her family and friends was unparalleled. Anyone lucky enough to know her can already feel the absence of her phone calls and the loving voicemails she would leave. Pamela will be remembered for her beautiful smile, loving personality, and the detailed stories and memories she shared with everyone. We love you, Mema/Mom. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 20th at 1pm at the Wheatland Community Center. In honor of Mema, the family requests that guests wear something purple and dress in casual attire. A private burial will be held in Sutter Cemetery.

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