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Ricki Dianne Gaddis, 62

Ricki Dianne Gaddis reached Heaven’s gate on Feb. 2, 2012 in the St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 62.

Ricki was born on March 15, 1949 in Norwood, Mo., to Jim and Erma (Cooley) Hopper who preceded her in death.

Ricki graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1966.  She worked in the office of Brown Shoe Company in Mountain Grove and Cabool until they closed.  She attended Vatterott College and received a degree as a medical clerk.  She worked the last 15 years for Dr. Mayuga and Dr. Hawkins in Cabool, Mo.  Ricki cherished the friendships she had with her past and present co-workers.

Ricki was baptized as a teenager and attended the Little Zion General Baptist Church in Denlow, Mo., for several years.  Ricki had been attending the First Christian Church in Mountain Grove the last few years.

Ricki married Tommy Gaddis on Jan. 14, 1966 and four children were born to this union.  Besides her parents, Ricki was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bobby Gerald and a sister-in-law, Roberta Hopper.

Ricki is survived by Tommy of the home. She leaves four cherished children, daughter, Misti and Ovie Loge, of Muskogee, Okla., son, Shane and Shelly Gaddis of Kansas City, Mo., son, Aaron and Melanie Gaddis of St. Louis, Mo., and daughter, Megan Gaddis and Jack Noirfalise of Cabool, Mo.; 16 grandchildren that “Grandma Ricki” loved dearly: Jon Cook, Andrew Loge, Cory Watson, Joel Loge, Schellby Loge, Matty Roth, Tristan Watson, Dylan Loge, Talon Watson, Chaseton Gaddis, Makenzie Loge, Trenton Noirfalise, Hunter Sparks, Maecy Noirfalise, Connor Gaddis, and Brody Noirfalise; one great-granddaughter, Embri Watson, that “GiGi” adored.  In addition, she has three sisters, Maryland Gerald of Mountain Grove, Cheryl and Don Womack of Peoria, Ariz., and Michele and Kenny Lietch of Marshfield, Mo.; two brothers, Wally and Donna Hopper of Republic, Mo., and James and Sharon Hopper of Blue Springs, Mo.; one aunt, Jean Ipock of Gretna, Neb. She also had numerous nieces and nephews that she loved like her own children; and a host of family and friends too numerous to mention.

Ricki loved to travel and go antiquing.  More than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

A celebration of life for Ricki Gaddis was held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. in the First Christian Church in Mountain Grove, Mo., with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating.  Donna Gilley, Sherry McIntosh and Carolyn Stofer served as singers.  Song selections were “You Raise Me Up,” “Where The Roses Never Fade,” and The Rose.”  Pallbearers were Cory Watson, Tristan Watson, Talon Watson, Chaseton Gaddis, Andrew Loge, and Joel Loge.  Honorary pallbearers were Matty Roth, Hunter Sparks, Conner Gaddis, Brody Noirfalise, Trenton Noirfalise, Macey Noirfalise, Jon Cook, Dylan Loge, Makenzie Loge, Schellby Loge and Embri Watson.  Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of the  Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ricki’s name to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in care of the funeral home.

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