Blanche Irene Rickman Horsman
Blanche Irene Rickman Horsman, 97, of Florence, Ala., passed away Friday, September 7, at her home following a long life well lived for the Lord. She was born January 13, 1921, in Water Valley Township, Ark., to Daly Paul and Ola Fry Rickman. She was a graduate of Bay High School in Bay, Ark., and Harding College in Searcy, Ark. In 1951, she married Homer Ray Horsman. They were married for 58 years until his death in 2009. A teacher and homemaker, she taught school at Bay and Dalton, Ark., and at Mars Hill Bible School in Florence. However, her primary calling was as a homemaker. She enjoyed serving others, volunteering, traveling, sewing, cooking, knitting, reading, gardening, and being a mother and grandmother. A wonderful correspondent well into her 80’s, she wrote copious notes and letters to family and friends. Blanche loved people, and loved visiting with them. She never missed a church gathering, family reunion or one of her husband’s ship reunions. A long-time member of the Mars Hill Church of Christ, she taught the ladies Bible class for 26 years. She, along with her husband, was a strong believer in Christian education. She was actively involved at Mars Hill Bible School, and was a member and past President of the Associated Women’s Organization (AWO) for the school. She and her husband were also supporters of Heritage Christian University as well as Harding University, where they both served on the Harding University President’s Council for a number of years. After her husband retired from TVA, the pair spent many years volunteering at various TVA locations as well as traveling. The two of them traveled to all 50 states, in addition to trips throughout Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Ray Horsman, and a brother, Daly Paul Rickman Jr. She is survived by a son, Don Robert Horsman of Greenville, Texas; and three daughters, Marilyn (Dalton) Sullivan of Tuscumbia, Ala.; Paula (Mike) Mason of Sherwood, Ark.; and Millie (Stan) Dauck of Bernie, Mo. She is also survived by a brother, James F. (Mary) Rickman of Dalton, Ark. Six grandchildren also survive, Anna Mason of Arlington, Texas; Cy Mason of Springdale, Ark.; Hannah Dauck of Richardson, Texas; Titus Dauck of Searcy, Ark.; Barclay Sullivan and Clayton Sullivan, both of Cartersville, Ga. A special thank you from the family to those who served as caregivers over the past decade: Lisa, Nancy, Lou Ann, Marybeth, Lorie, Jeanette, Jennifer and Mary Ruth. The family would also like to recognize and thank the staff at Keystone Assisted Living, Elder Care, and especially her nurse Kristen and the staff from Amedisys Hospice in Florence for their compassionate care. The funeral for Mrs. Horsman was Monday, Sept. 10, at Greenview Funeral Home in Florence. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Old Union Cemetery in Water Valley, Ark. Local arrangments were being handled by Fears Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Honored to serve as pallbearers were her six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Home of Paragould.