Loretta May Rickards, 76, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Hockessin, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 31, 1941, daughter of the late Clifford Earl Denney and the late Mildred Elizabeth (Brown) Stalloni.
Rickards graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington. She was primarily a homemaker while raising her family. She was also a waitress for several years in the Ocean View and Bethany Beach area. She was a long-term employee of both DiFebo’s and Al Casapulla’s restaurants. Rickards was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her boys and grandchildren. She loved her cats.
In addition to her parents, Rickards was preceded in death by her two husbands, Robert L. Taylor Sr. and Frank K. Rickards, and a brother, Clifford E. Denney Jr. She is survived by her four sons, Robert L. Taylor Jr. of Fountain Valley, Calif., James W. Taylor of Ocean View, Anthony M. Taylor and his wife, Yesenia, of Dagsboro, Del., and Michael S. Taylor and his wife, Ashley, of Frankford, Del.; five grandchildren, Leesha K. Taylor, Anthony M. Taylor, Michael S. Taylor Jr., Hannah R. Taylor and Zachary M. Taylor; and a brother, Joseph C. Stalloni and his wife, Nancy, of Wilmington, Del.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date and announced on social media. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.