Ivadene Lee Ricketts passed away in the early morning hours of November 7, 2017 at the age of 88. Ivadene was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on May 6, 1929. She was a beloved daughter of Charles Lee and Edna Rose Lee, both now deceased. She died at the Summit View Assisted Living facility in Chattanooga, TN where she had lived since age related health issues required daily assistance for her care.
Ivadene spent her youth in her parent’s home in Wildwood, TN with her brothers Charles, Arnold, Eugene and her sisters Doris and Phyllis. In 1947 she married Clarence M. (Bud) Latham, Jr and moved with him to locations in Virginia, Massachusetts and Japan. After a divorce she married Frank (Gene) Ricketts in Knox County, TN. During the 63 years of their marriage they lived in Maryville, TN; El Paso, TX; Nashville, TN and at their retirement, they settled into Louisville Community, TN.
Ivadene was deeply religious and at the time of her passing, she was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Louisville, TN. In addition to her love of God, she had a passionate love of nature. Realizing she had been blessed with the talent to paint the beauty she saw in nature, she used that talent to present the beauty she saw for others to enjoy in hundreds of water-paintings. Her art was highly recognized in many showings throughout the Southeastern region including displays in Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia. Ivadene’s passing is a loss not only to her friends and loved ones, but to all of those who followed her works.
Ivadene is survived by her devoted husband, Frank Eugene Ricketts; her sisters Phyllis and Doris; her son, Jerry Lee Latham, two grandsons, Jay Lance Latham and Joseph Lyle Latham and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Zoe and Fisher Latham.
Ivadene was laid to rest in the Chattanooga National Cemetery and Memorial Services are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday November 12, 2017 at St Mark’s United Methodist Church, 3359 Louisville Road, Louisville, TN. Flowers or memorial donations in her name may be sent to the church.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.
Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.