Dorothy Fredericka (“Ricky”) Horton, 101, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020. She is free from earthy bounds and has entered God’s Kingdom. Her spirit lives on in all of us who were fortunate enough to be touched by her life.
Born June 3, 1918, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Ricky grew up in Berlin, NJ. She was a devoted member of the Centenary United Methodist Church there and loved her church family dearly. It was the center of her life growing up. After graduating from Haddon Heights High School, Ricky enjoyed working as an administrative assistant for the Pennsylvania Railroad beginning in 1936. She told stories of “scheduling routes for soldiers returning from war.” She developed deep and lasting friendships and retired in 1978. As a very active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ricky took great joy in welcoming new citizens at the naturalization ceremonies held in Camden, NJ.
Ricky moved to Haddonfield, NJ in 1990 and became active in her Haddonfield Commons community, making many close friendships. She joined the Haddonfield United Methodist Church and quickly became involved in volunteer efforts, one in particular that was dear to her was assisting the choir by sorting music. She also joined the dance class, where she met some of her dearest friends. Ricky often said she “loved the church.” In 2015, she joined the community at Collingswood Manor and brought a ray of sunshine with her positive attitude.
“Ricky”, “Dorothy”, “Miss Horton”, was loved by all her knew her, as she had the ability to make everyone feel as if they were her very best friend and the most important person in the world. If you are reading this, no doubt Ricky influenced your life in some way. Please share your stories.