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RICKETTS, Phyllis Delora (nee ASCOTT)  -  Affectionately known as Mother Ricketts, passed away peacefully into eternity on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Michael Garron Hospital, at the age of 98.

She was born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

On April 25, 1943, Phyllis married the late Bishop Cecil O'Sullivan Ricketts, who predeceased her in 2015, months before his 100th birthday, after 72 years of love and marriage.

Together, the Ricketts' immigrated to Canada in 1952.

Mother Ricketts was a formidable, yet graceful woman of poise, elegance and class, who lovingly referred to everyone around her as "Dear". Mother Ricketts modelled the Christian life and inspired hope in countless people.

Her words were always calm yet strong enough to inspire hope and confidence in the hearts of the hearers. With joy and optimism, she guided newcomers to Canada, tactfully nurtured youth, and young families; she also mentored women and emerging leaders.

Full of love, gentleness, and compassion, she advocated for and engaged in charity work to support marginalized individuals in the community.

The memory and legacy of Mother Ricketts will live on through her beloved family and the Mount Zion Apostolic Church community. She is survived by: Lloyd, Ron (Sybil), Winsome (Monroe), Marene, Beverly, and eight grandchildren: Christine (Patrick), Shawn (Ann-Marie), Duane (Theresa), Darwin (Brandi), Michael (Tanya), Candice (Darryl), Michelle, Andrew, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted with Ogden Funeral Home, Agincourt, ON.