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Doraine Ellen Rickard, Ph.D

October 15, 1935 - February 15, 2021


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    Cheri Sanders says

    Karla & family,
    Very sorry for your loss. I never knew what an accomplished lady Doraine was. There is comfort in knowing she is together with Larry again.

    Cheri Sanders

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Doraine Ellen Rickard, Ph.D., 85, passed away on February 15, 2021. She was born October 15, 1935 to Louis Whitcomb and Jessie (Brokaw) Vincent, in Evansville, Indiana.
Doraine did it all, she received her Doctorate in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, her Master’s in Education, and her Bachelors in Science, all while raising her three kids. She was among the first class to graduate at Indiana State University Evansville (USI). She was a high school graduate of Montessori of Immaculate. Doraine was a devoted teacher for over 20 years. She was a lover of dance, an avid reader, and had a love for traveling. Her favorite destinations included Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Her most profound time consisted of spending time at the house on Kentucky Lake. She overcame even the toughest of battles as a two time survivor of cancer. There was not much Doraine couldn’t do. She was loved by family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Larry Rickard; her parents Louis Whitcomb, Ernest Vincent, and Jessie Vincent.
Doraine is survived by her three children, Karla (John) Adams, Julie Adams, and Jeff (Lynn) Rickard; her grandchildren Amber Adams, Jason (Paula) Adams, Jeff Adams, Jordan (Aby) Adams, Victoria (Tori) Rickard, and Lucinda (Luci) Rickard; her great grandchildren Evelyn, Elijah, and Ethan Adams. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as special friend Anna Haas.
Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12pm with visitation at Church beginning at 10am. The family asks that all attendees please wear a mask. In Lieu of flowers, a donation to Meals on Wheels or the Alzheimer’s Foundation would greatly be appreciated.