Ricketts-Barbour celebrates 100th birthday
A 100th birthday luncheon celebration was held Aug. 27 in La Plata by the children of Dorothy Braswell Ricketts-Barbour.
Ricketts-Barbour was born in Emporia, Va., to Thomas Hilliard Braswell and Lottie Coley Braswell. She graduated from Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville, Va., and received additional degrees from Lynchburg College, University of William & Mary, Union Theological Seminary and Evangelical Christian University of America.
During her career, Ricketts-Barbour was an educator, musician, prison chaplain, Methodist Church Deaconess, and traveling U.S. Army wife to her first husband, William A. Ricketts, with whom she had a son, William A. Ricketts Jr., and a daughter, Ethleen Ricketts Collins.
In 1983, she married her second husband, Robert T. Barbour, and acquired four adult daughters; Rosemary Barbour Bigelow, Lorena Barbour Goeller, Lucy Barbour Quade, and Victoria Barbour Heeren, and became a strong supporter of historical preservation in Port Tobacco. Their home, Stagg Hall, circa 1732, has become a museum.
Ricketts-Barbour currently resides with her daughter, Ethleen Ricketts Collins and family, in Huntsville, Ala.
Dorothy Braswell Ricketts-Barbour