HENRIETTE “RICKEY” HARDY, 86, of Lincolnwood, IL, died Saturday, July 23 at Evanston Hospital, from complications following surgery.
Rickey was born June 13, 1925, in Brussels, Belgium, daughter of Henriette and Louis Breuer. She studied art and design at the Institute de Beaux Arts in Brussels.
Rickey married Raymond Andrew Starr in 1947, who preceded her in death in 1959. They emigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rickey was a successful Interior Designer in Michigan from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.
In 1975 she married Kenneth Hardy and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was to remain her home for the next 35 years. Mr. Hardy died shortly after the move and Rickey became part of the community in Santa Fe, managing several successful art galleries.
Her partner of 25 years, Joseph Sommer, died in 2006, and Rickey moved into Ponce de Leon retirement community in Santa Fe and made many close friends there, until 2010, when she moved to Lincolnwood Place in the Chicago area, to be nearer to her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Jessica-Marie (Tom) Schafer; her grandsons Toby, Andrew, and Nick Schafer; her sister Marie-Louise Dehou of Brussels; her nephew Raymond (Maryse) Dehou; her great-grandchildren, Alexa, Cole, and Gabriel; and legions of devoted and loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of the US, Dept MEMIT9, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Memorial services will be private.