Betty Mae (Fausey) Ricewick, 70, of Winfield, died of ocular melanoma metastases on Monday, May 8, at her home 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 in Sunbury, a daughter of the late Raymond Herbert and Ada Rebecca (Conrad) Fausey. She was the seventh of 11 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 husband, she is survived by 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.; 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.
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 one son, Daniel Anthony Bickel.
The family would like to invite anyone who loved Betty to a celebration of life on Saturday, May 20, at Brookside Ministries, 11 Stetler Ave., Shamokin Dam, where Betty and Chet found a church home and spiritual family. Friends and family can begin arriving at 10 a.m.; service will begin at 11.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty's memory are appreciated and may be made to the cancer charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by the David T. Zweier Funeral Home Inc., 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury.
Published on  May 10, 2017