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Dorothy Elizabeth Ricer

May 13, 2022



Dorothy Elizabeth (Frum) Ricer 89 of Woodsfield, Ohio passed away peacefully in her home, on Friday May 13, 2022. She was born January 27, 1933, in Jerusalem, Ohio, one of eight children of the late Wayne Frum and Virginia (Daugherty) Frum.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Billy Ricer, her eldest son David Ricer, one brother Donald, four sisters, Nan, Charlotte, Carolyn and Mary and one granddaughter, Susan Mahoney.

Dorothy is survived by two sisters, Stella Townsend of Columbus, Ohio and Martha Smith of Raccoon, Kentucky, four sons: Dr. Rick (Dr. Cheryl) Ricer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gary (Lisa) Ricer of Lewisville, Ohio, Rob (John) Ricer of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Jim (Jeana) Mahoney of Columbus, Ohio and daughter-in-law Patricia Ricer of Ozark, Ohio. Five grandchildren: Dr. Jen (Drew) Spata of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. T.J. (Sarah) Ricer of Honolulu, Hawaii, Matt Ricer of Fayetteville, Ohio, Dr. Richelle (Corey) Walter of Jacksonville, Florida, and Amy (David) Meyer of Columbus, Ohio. Five step grandchildren: Danny (Mitzie) Graham of Newark, Ohio, Eric (Alana) Graham of Savannah, Georgia, Amy (Craig) Reich of Miltonsburg, Ohio, Nicole (Tyler) Gallagher of Powhatan Point, Ohio, and Brittany (Ryan) Baker of Barnesville, Ohio, sixteen great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. She is further survived by extra special friends Sam and Janie Abbott of Beallsville, Ohio, Diane Ricer of Lewisville, Ohio, many nieces, nephews, cousins and card buddies.

Dorothy was a devout member of the Moffett-Fletcher UMC, Charter member of the Women of the Moose, member of Woodsfield VFD Women’s Auxiliary, Woodsfield VFW Women’s Auxiliary and a lifetime member of the American Humane Society.

For 25 years she worked as bookkeeper for the Woodsfield Ice and Creamery, Swiss Ohio Dairy, Meadow Gold, and Broughton’s Dairy. She served 33 consecutive years as Woodsfield’s Treasurer. Dorothy was Monroe’s “Poet Laureate” for many years, wrote a book of poetry “Life Can Be Verse” and contributed poems to the Monroe County Beacon. Her passion was poetry, art, music, reading, camping, dancing, painting, traveling, singing, quilting and crocheting. She loved dogs and horses, bingo, casinos and was a super passionate (and competitive) card player. Dorothy spent her life primarily a dedicated wife to her husband and an awesome mother to her 5 sons! She never grew tired of bragging on their individual talents and achievements. She took immense pleasure in quality time with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She loved family, friends, celebrations, making memories and music with her boys. She had a true faith in the “crossing over” to be with loved ones! Mother noted if she could be remembered for anything it would be her loyalty and support to our veterans. She was a proud part of a family of three generations and beyond of vets! Her dad, husband and sons proudly served. She never missed a poem reading at every veteran event!

Dorothy and her faithful Yorkie dog of 16 years, Zyma were cremated. There will be no visitation. A memorial service celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home Woodsfield, Ohio.

Contributions may be made to the Moffett-Fletcher Church or Jerusalem Cemetery.


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