Let the memory of Valda be with us forever
  • 77 years old
  • Born on October 30, 1939 in Paul Island, Westmoreland, Jamaica.
  • Passed away on March 21, 2017 in Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Valda Ricketts. We will remember her forever.

On Tuesday March 21, 2017, Valda Olive Ricketts (nee Brown), 77 years of age, suddenly passed away in the Savanna La Mar Hospital Westmoreland, Jamaica. A retired nurse who worked at Peel Memorial Hospital she helped many parents care for their newborn children.  It is now her time for God to guide her as she moves on to her next life. Valda, a caring friend, loving sister, adoring mother and grandmother is survived by her sisters Gwendolyn, Audrey, Hazel, Christine and Millicent, brothers Evern and Melbourne, sons Anrick, Michael, Donovan, Courtney and Lyndon, daughter-in-law Jacqueline, former husband Alwyn, grandchildren Lincoln, Kesia, Jason, Marcus, Rea, Naylah, Nickali, Ezekiel, Ricky Jr. and Monique and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Bay Road Wesleyan Holiness Church, Little London, Westmoreland, Jamaica on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at The Glen, 1857 Queen Street West, Brampton, Ontario on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Posted by Dorothy Lavallee on 21st March 2018
My how time flies by hard to believe it is a year since Valda left everyone gone but she will never be forgotten.so many memories of her.from dorothy Lavallee barrie Ontario.
Posted by Glendor Miller on 13th November 2017
Happy Birthday Vida, you are dearly missed
Posted by Pamela Highgate on 4th May 2017
I loved Valda warm friendly face . She made the best sweet potato pond What i appreciate most about Valda was her kind gentle comforting words when my son was sick. Rip Valda
Posted by Glendor Miller on 4th May 2017
Thank you Valda for all you taught me over the years working along side you. You were caring and a delight to your patients and colleagues Peace Glendor, Port Credit, Ontario
Posted by Christine Lowe on 24th April 2017
My condolence to the family.I can never forget Valda's (aka Tit) kindness and beautiful smile. Her kindness, generosity and compassion has left a tremendous impact on those she touched. My fondest memories of Tit included her being there when my family was in need and being the best nurse I every had when my son was born at Peel Memorial. Rest in God's never failing hands. Our lost is Heavens gain.
Posted by Jennifer Cassista on 6th April 2017
So thankful for my years working with Velda at Peel Memorial. Her smile could make my day better no matter what. Peace be with the family for Velda is rejoicing with the lord
Posted by Ali Williams on 1st April 2017
Mrs. Rickett's comes from a very special and important line of Black Women. In unfamiliar company she keeps her own counsel, but observes intently. Among peers she is sharp, strong-minded and often right. With friends, she can shows a very dry, very sly sense of humor. If she smiled my way, I felt that smile was well earned. When I was young, I never really thought of her as anything other than "Mom's Friend". But one day, when I was having a hard time in my 3rd year of university, she offered me some sharp, precise and extremely kind words of encouragement. She showed that she cared, and the only response to that was to pull myself together and get the job done. She believed in me, and so from then on I strive hard to life up to that belief. I'm am sad that she's passed, but I am so grateful that she was here.
Posted by James King on 31st March 2017
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to your family at this time.
Posted by Kiaer Nancy on 31st March 2017
Sincere condolences to everyone in Valda's family. I worked with Valda for many years @ Peel Memorial Hospital and continued to see her in our retirement years. Over the years she provided excellent care to so many new Moms & their infants. She was always a strong part of the nursing team and respected by all members of the health care team.
Posted by Dorothy Lavallee on 28th March 2017
Sincere condolences to your entire family on the loss of a very special woman and nurse working with Valda was a total joy I learned a lot from her she gave so much of herself to the patients and the staff.She will be missed by many people. Dorothy Lavallee Barrie Ontario.
Posted by Julie Williams on 27th March 2017
My deepest condolences to your entire family. I can not say all I would like about Valda as I would be typing for days! Valda taught me so much especially as a new Nurse, she was so knowledgeable, caring and truly passionate about Nursing and caring for patients. Valda knitted the most beautiful quilt for my first born which was almost 8 years ago, and since then I have passed it down to my 4 year old twins. The quality of the quilt almost 8 years later is impeccably, just like Valda character. RIP dear Valda!
Posted by Lynden Cowan on 27th March 2017
To all of the Family, My sincere condolences to you on your loss. Valda was highly respected and much loved with her nursing colleagues. When you worked with her, you knew details with the patients were done correctly, and even though sometimes work became super busy, she was always there when you needed her. Always calm, always caring. If staff started complaining when it became very busy, Valda would turn around , and look at us over her glasses. Everyone would become silent, and get back to work. Valda had "spoken". We loved her!
Posted by Bev Thompson on 27th March 2017
Our thoughts are with you in your time of mourning. Please take time to reflect on the times you had together and may that bring you some peace. God Bless and take care. Sean, Bev and the Thompson Family

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