Betty Mae (Fausey) RicewickJune 8, 1946 ~ May 13, 2017 (age 70)
Betty Mae (Fausey) Ricewick, 70, died of ocular melanoma metasteses on Monday, May 8, at her home in Winfield, PA, where she lived with her husband, Chester C. Ricewick, Jr. Next month Betty and Chet would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. Betty will be remembered for her faith, compassion and infectious smile.
Betty was born 1946 in Sunbury, PA, to Raymond Herbert and Ada Rebecca (Conrad) Fausey. She was the seventh of eleven children. Betty was no stranger to hardship, but no matter how adverse a situation she faced, she was always more concerned about other people than herself. Most often she was a reminder of what God wanted us to be like.
For decades it was rare to see Betty without her guitar. Having no formal training herself, she taught many people how to sing and play music. Many of those people still enjoy using the skills she taught years ago. Gospel music was her genre of choice as it demonstrated her unwavering love of Christ. While with The Salvation Army, she was a founding member of the Gospel Singers. She would often spread Christ's love through music in churches, nursing homes and prisons, never once asking for money. There was something both thrilling and spiritual in the way that she sang that made others feel a profound closeness to God.
Betty had an immense love for her family and instilled that love in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers-- James and Gene Fausey; three sisters --- Rebecca (Fausey) Walker, Delores (Hubler) Fields and Ada (Hubler) Kline; and a son --- Daniel Anthony Bickel .
Betty is survived by her husband and four sons – Ronald Bickel and Debbie Flowers of Sunbury, Donald and Kim Bickel of Northumberand, Rodney Bickel and Kim Willis of Northmberland and Lonnie Bickel of Alexanderia, VA; and daughter in law --- Brenda (Fuller) Bickel of Sunbury; eight grandchildren-- Melissa, Stacy, Kimberly, Amanda, Nichole, Valerie, Daniel and Teagan-- eight great grandchildren – Destini, Kaitlyn, Raven, Maiya, Tyler, Olivia, Ivy, and Preston; three brothers-- Raymond of Sunbury, William of Selinsgrove, and Herbert of Harrisburg; two sisters—Melba (Fausey) Martin and Wanda (Hubler) Ulrich both of Sunbury.
The family would like to invite anyone who loved Betty to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 20 at Brookside Ministries, where Betty and Chet found a church home and spiritual family. 11 Stetler Ave. Shamokin Dam, PA 17876. Friends and family can begin arriving at 10:00 AM; service will begin at 11:00.
Donations to the cancer charity of your choice are appeciated in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are made by David T. Zweier Funeral Home, Inc. 157 Chestnut St. Sunbury, PA.