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Elizabeth “Betty” Ingalls Ricketts, 82, of Leonardtown died peacefully Nov. 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown.
Born Feb. 3, 1930, in Leonardtown, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Terry Ingalls and Agnes Marie Griffin Ingalls.
She was born in St. Mary’s County, but moved to Potomac when she was 6. In 1947, she graduated from Richard Montgomery High School. On June 15, 1952, she married Clifford Mackall Ricketts in Bethesda. The couple had recently celebrated their 60th anniversay.
In 1963, she moved to Potomac. In 1978, they purchased waterfront property in Leonardtown and came down most weekends with their family. In 1995, they permanently moved to St. Mary’s and built a home off of Breton Bay.
She had an identical twin sister, Isobel Ricketts. The sisters both married identical twin brothers. They spent their entire lives doing things together and enjoying every moment.
Her career began at 15 as a model with her twin sister for Woodward and Lothrop and Garfinkels. She left there and transferred to the Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) as a keypunch operator. She left there to work as an instructional aide at Beverly Farms in Rockville. Her last job was as an instructional aide and playground aide at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.
After she had her children, she made taking care of them her full-time job. She loved children and enjoyed working with them.
In 1994, she and her twin sister appeared on the “Phil Donahue Show,” “Jenny Jones Show,” “Australian Show” and “CBS This Morning.” They also made a television commercial for Sears.
Her hobbies included collecting twin antique dolls, designing and crafting cloth dolls and sewing. She was a past president of the Dollology Club of Washington D.C. Once retired, she and her husband and her twin sister and her husband traveled to England, Italy, Scotland, Greece, Germany, Ireland and France.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Layne Ricketts of Blacksburg, Va., Carolyn Ricketts of Edgewater and Diane Brewer (Rocky) of Laramie, Wyo.; her identical twin sister and her husband, Martel, of Leonardtown; her brother, Huntley H. Ingalls of Boulder, Colo.; three grandchildren, Lance Ricketts, April Cleven (Chris) and Logan Brewer; and four great-grandchildren, Jaeden Cleven, Cole Cleven, Shane Cleven and Declan Cleven.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., with a service at 3 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Ruth Dixon of First Saints Community Church, Leonardtown campus. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018; or St. Mary’s Nursing Center, 21585 Peabody St., Leonardtown, MD 20650.