“God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be. He wrapped his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me.” You didn’t deserve what you went through, so he gave you needed rest. God’s Garden must be beautiful, He only takes The Best!

Jonah Ann Rickards, 80 years young, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Jonah was known to family and friends as JoAnn. She was born on June 26, 1938 in Corinth, Mississippi to Robert and Lillie Latch. Most of JoAnn’s early childhood and youth were living and growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, where she met a handsome young soldier named Albert Rickards and moved to a lovely little fishing village named Carrabelle. This is where she made her forever home of nearly 60 years.

JoAnn enjoyed spending time outside in the warm sunshine and planting flower gardens. JoAnn and Albert Sr. had three wonderful children, Albert Jr, of Carrabelle, Debra Tharp, of Spring Creek, and Tammy Thompson (John), of Carrabelle; three grandchildren, Heather Hamilton (Michael), Brandy Hodge (Darrell), and Shelby Grace Thompson; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great grands.

JoAnn was preceded in death by both parents, her twin brother, Jerry, and her husband, Albert Sr.

Memorial services will be Monday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 307 3rd Street, Carrabelle, with the Rev. Ron Barks officiating.

David Conn of Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family.