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Celia Ricker

Celia Ricker, previously known as Celia Scarth, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2023, at the age of 83. She was born on April 8, 1940, in Grande Prairie, AB, to parents Bill and Lorna Scarth. Celia was a woman of great faith, love, and service, and her life had a profound impact on those around her.

Celia began her professional journey as an educator after completing her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta. She taught high school for two years before meeting Owen Ricker, her soulmate, at St. Paul’s United Church in Edmonton. The couple married on July 14, 1962, and raised two children, Laurie and Darryl.

During her early adult years, Celia dedicated herself to motherhood and community service. Active in the United Church community in Alberta and Saskatchewan, she took on leadership roles in the Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) and the United Church Women (UCW), where she eventually became President.

At the age of 40, Celia felt a divine calling to serve in the ministry. She pursued training at the University of Regina and St. Stephen’s College, becoming a devoted diaconal minister. Celia served in various churches in Regina, including Lakeview, Knox-Metropolitan, Wesley, Whitmore Park, Rosemont, and a three-point country charge in Cupar, Southey, and Earl Grey.

Celia’s dedication to service extended beyond the church. She was deeply committed to ministering to Indigenous community members in Regina’s downtown area and actively participated in Regina’s Canada week committee. Her love for music was evident in her involvement in church choirs and the Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, where she even had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Wesley Choir in 2019. Celia and Owen also provided scholarships for musical theatre at the Regina Music Festival, supporting young talent in their community. Celia’s passion for theatre led her to take Drama courses at university, following her high school experiences in lead roles.

Celia and Owen shared a love for travel and explored many parts of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands. They particularly cherished their visits to their grandchildren in Ontario and New Brunswick. Their shared love for plays and musicals led them to frequent destinations such as New York City, Stratford, and Niagara-on-the-Lake. They also actively supported local arts, regularly attending performances at the Regina Little Theatre, the Globe Theatre, and Do It With Class.

The Life Celebration for Celia will take place on July 29, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Wesley United Church in Regina, SK. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry, an organization that held great significance to Celia, would be appreciated by her family. Celia’s kind and compassionate spirit, unwavering commitment to service, and deep love for her family and community will always be remembered. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Online condolences can be posted at paragonfuneralservices.com.

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