Mattie Maxine Rikard, age 90, quietly stepped into eternity July 23, 2019 while resting at her residence at Eden Hill Communities in New Braunfels, TX. Maxine was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, colleague to her community and dear friend who will certainly be missed by those she loved and who loved her.
Born in Hearne, TX to Dora Belle (Karr) and Samuel Ernest Fulton July 2, 1929 she joined older siblings Ernestine and Bill and later welcomed younger sister Etta Belle. Being a child of the Great Depression and a young teen during WW2, all while growing up on a rural livestock farm, not only held many memories for her but impressed upon her life lessons she carried into her adulthood. While in high school she led the band as a drum majorette and was on staff for both the school newspaper and yearbook. During 4th grade Maxine was part of a school wide plan in which one half of each grade was promoted one grade, therefore she graduated Hearne High School just before her 16th birthday and in the same 1945 class as her fellow cheerleader and high school sweetheart, Don Rikard. As soon as he completed his 2 years in the U.S. Army, Maxine married Donald A. Rikard on June 18, 1947 and for the next few years they made Hearne their home.
Maxine worked and supported her new husband as he pursued his degree at Texas A&M University in nearby College Station then 1950 found them moving to Lake Jackson, TX, an enchanting little town that almost magically appeared from swamp land just a few years earlier for the purpose of housing employees of Dow Chemical. During their 28 years in Lake Jackson they grew their family with the adoption of Robert Allen, then Lisa Ann and finally with the birth of Mark Andrew. Her life was full with her children, their activities, home and being the wife of one whose career was successful and yet she still found time to have fun with both family and friends. She dearly enjoyed her horses and trail rides, spending time with a very tightly knit group of friends nicknamed “The Mouthers” and crossword puzzles. She became a champion at “42”, an avid golfer and fostered a love of reading in her daughter. Their time in Lake Jackson came to a close as Don’s advancement at Dow Chemical moved them and their youngest son to Michigan where they lived for 10 years. Then, as her husband began paving the way to full retirement, they moved back home to Texas. Now was their time to be Honey and Granddad, making memories with grandchildren at their Lakeway home on Lake Travis until a more rural life called and they found themselves relocating to Lampasas in 1998. For the next 19 years Maxine made this her home and her community, made more memories with her 12 grandchildren, and was blessed to see great-grandchildren begin to arrive. And it was Lampasas, where after 65 years of marriage, she was widowed in 2012. Several years later she made the decision to simplify her life and with plans for her future, moved to New Braunfels in 2017, where she remained until her passing.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and her beloved husband. Left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Bob Rikard (Cynthia) of Fairfield, TX., Lisa Rikard Roll (Mark) of Boerne, TX., and Mark Rikard (Terri) of New Braunfels, TX. Holding onto precious memories of their Honey are her grandchildren, Ben Rikard (fiancée Tracy), Bryan Hall (fiancée Hanna), Lauren Roll Lordman (Tony), Andrew Rikard, Jon Rikard, Russell Hall (fiancée Tara), Katherine Roll Vorontsov (Tolya), Nathan Rikard, Caroline Roll, Taylour Rikard, Nikki Rikard and Zachery Rikard; along with her great-grandchildren, Jaeda, Evan, Kaileigh, Julie, Kinsleigh,, Grant, Tony Jr. and Zoia. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; having enjoyed a special relationship with nieces Sherry Campbell, Donna Harrison and Patti Lindsey, to whom she was known as Auntie Max.
Hosting the memorial service will be The First United Methodist Church of Lampasas on August 3, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.The family request that in lieu of floral arrangements that you consider honoring Maxine Rikard with a donation to one of the following local charities that were dear to her heart:
Vision Lampasas The First United Methodist Church of Lampasas, Library Foundation of Lampasas and Lampasas County Museum Foundation