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Edythe Mae Rickard

Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home




 Edythe Mae "Edye" Rickard, 90, of  Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at the Meritus Medical Center.

Born Monday, April 27, 1931 in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late W. Lawrence Marpel and the late Edna J. (Hovermill) Marpel.

She was employed as a registered nurse at the Washington County Hospital, retiring in 1998 after 25 years of service. She later did private duty nursing for many years. Edye was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women Seekers Class, Democratic Central Committee, Nurses Alumni, Organization for Consumer Justice and various other consumer groups.

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan R. Beyard of Hagerstown, MD and Mary Ann Harne of Hagerstown, MD; two sons, John W. Rickard of Dundalk, MD and James M. Rickard of Waynesboro, PA; grandchildren, Megan Beyard Possert, Alissa Rickard and Sean Beyard.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary E. Kendall.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD,  Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Private graveside services will be held with the family at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

We will miss our neighbor. So sorry for your loss- she was a memorable lady. Take care Jimmy, Paula Hurbanis Leaf

Paula Leaf

Andrew Duck
Brunswick , Maryland

I knew Edythe in the past but we rekindled our friendship years later when she came to the dentist I worked for. I loved hearing her travel stories and we talked a lot about politics. She was a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. Condolences to her family.

Kim Williams
Williamsport , Md

Edye was a leader in the one of the first grassroots consumer groups in Maryland and no doubt the first in Western Maryland as the President of the Organization for Consumer Justice (OCJ) in the late 1970's. OCJ changed laws and policies regarding regulation of energy in Maryland and helped to launch of number of us in careers in this area. She was one of the few women leaders in a field dominated by men and always held her own against the boys. Nurses, her profession, have been called essential workers during the pandemic, Edye was an essential worker both with OCJ and later with the Democratic Central Committee. She did the hard behind the scenes work, always cheerfully, to make those organizations perform their roles for consumers, political folks and voters. She never really retired as an active citizen but now she can take a well earned rest. She will be missed by those who knew her and those she helped over the years.

Fred & Eileen Hoover
Annapolis, Maryland

To Edye's family: My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Edye was my dearest friend. We worked together in PCU at the old WCH. We did alot together along with going on trips. She was a great support to me through rough times. I visited her on July 29, 2021. We had a wonderful time recalling memories. Little did I know this would be my last time with her on this earth. She said "I lived a good life". We also talked that she was ready to see her Lord and Savior, Jesus. I want to remember my last visit with her and the memories we shared. May God bless all of you! Love, Sharon Duffey


Edye started calling me "boyfriend" soon after we got to know each other. Special person.

Randy Barber
Keedysville, MD

Susan and Family, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Hagerstown Surgery Center Family
Hagerstown, MD

Jim & Jessica, Sending prayers of comfort & peace! Sorry for your loss. May she Rest in Peace! Tim & Debbie

Hagerstown, MD

I have many fond memories of your family. I was your baby sitter for several years. Sorry to hear about your Mom.

Gay (Green) Miner
Boonsboro, MD

Edye was one of the most extraordinary people I ever met. I met her in 1975 when she joined me as an officer in the Organization For Consumer Justice. We formed the group when electric utility rates in the 4 state region went through the roof, and our efforts resulted in a rate rollback after a series of public presentations. When I decided to run for Congress in 1976 Edye poured her heart and soul into a campaign that came close to victory. Edye was a true advocate for hard-working people and my admiration for her grew greater the longer I knew her. She will be missed, and I will always hold her unselfish friendship closely in my heart.

Dan Rupli
Columbia, Maryland

Our loss is Heaven's gain. I met Edye about six years ago when I became ill at a picnic. She was such a sweetheart, such a big help to me, and I've never forgotten her kindness. It was always a joy to run into her and get a hug. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of this special lady. Sincere condolences.

Vickie Layton
Williamsport, MD

I miss seeing Miss E driving through the neighborhood in her Cadillac. Fiesty, outspoken, educated lady. RIP

Paul Highbarger
Halfway, Maryland

We have fond memories of your Mother and offer our deepest condolences. Lois (Downin) Beck and the Downin boys.

Jeffrey Downin
Hagerstown, MD

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother I'm praying for you all.

Donna Shoop
Hagerstown, Maryland

Rest in peace my dear friend . I remember Edye telling me that she wanted it put on her tombstone the phrase....."I tried"!

Barbara Neiman

Edge was a wonderful person who did so much to help our community.

Betty Arnall
Hagerstown, MD

Sincere condolences to the family of one of my favorites. I always had a good time working with Edye on various campaigns and she was always the one to call on as a faithful volunteer. Rest in peace dear friend. Peace to the family. Sincere regards from the Malott family.

Jason Malott
Williamsport, MD

I am heartbroken. I always jokingly referred to you as my 2nd Mother while growing up with Jim in the '70's. I will miss your smile and how your face would light up when we saw each other. Our condolences to the family in your time of loss. Rest in Peace Mom #2.

Jeff Folkes
Germantown, Maryland

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