Helen W. Ricker, 86, BGE secretary, homemaker

October 21, 2003

Helen W. Ricker, a retired secretary and homemaker, died of a spinal injury Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 86.

Helen Elizabeth Webster was born and raised on Deal Island, and after graduation from high school there she moved to Baltimore and attended Strayer Business College.

Graduating from the business school in 1936, she began a 17-year career as a secretary for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

In 1942, she married Roger R. Ricker Jr. Her husband, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad employee, died in 1981.

Mrs. Ricker, a former Northwood resident, had lived in Lutherville since 1976. She was an active member for 37 years of Towson United Methodist Church, and a member of Bou-Tem-Sci women's auxiliary of Boumi Temple.

Mrs. Ricker was known for her crab cakes, grilled cheese sandwiches and "war cake," her family said.

"The war cake dated to the days of World War II rationing and contained no eggs, butter or milk. It was sweetened with raisins and was like a spice cake. A little shortening was used for the butter cream icing," said her daughter, Wendy Ricker Wooden of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

She is also survived by two grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

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