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Brenda Sue Rickert-Ellis

Canton – Brenda Sue Rickert-Ellis, 73, of Canton, passed away at 5:53 PM on Friday, July 3, 2020 at her residence. She was born on January 22, 1947 in Quincy, IL to Raymond and Helen (Farmer) Norton. She first married Gary Lee Rickert Sr. on June 12, 1965, he preceded her in death on July 3, 1982. She later married Jerry Ellis on August 17, 1990. He survives.

Also surviving are two children, Gary (Lyn Pedigo) Rickert of Canton and Trinna (Gene) Ryan of Canton; two step-children, Todd (LaKeisha) Ellis and Keri Ellis; five grandchildren, Trey and Elli Rickert, Brittany and Brock Ryan, and Taylor Ellis; six step-grandchildren, Erika, Olivia, and Jacob Ellis, Drake and Brylee Sams, and Dhaya Priest; four great-grandchildren, Raveigha, Nolan, Brianna, and Perci; two step-great-grandchildren, Amaris and Ahava.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents and one brother and sister in law, Raymond and Donna Norton.

Brenda was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church in Farmington, IL. She loved knitting, gardening, singing, and playing and teaching piano. Brenda loved children and also spending time with her family.

Graveside service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. Rev. Walter Carlson will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Missi Thomas

    Reply July 6, 2020 5:29 pm

    I hope Brenda always knew in life how much our family loved and admired her. She left us with so many fond memories. Trinna, Gary and Jerry you and yours have my deepest sympathy

  • Brenda Rose

    Reply July 6, 2020 6:43 pm

    Trinna, we are so sorry about your Mom’s passing. You are in our thoughts, and prayers. Your CHS Classmates. “WE ARE THE CLASS OF 87”

  • Charlene

    Reply July 6, 2020 9:32 pm

    Hi Jerry I’m so sorry honey You lived her the way every woman deserves to be loved My prayers and thoughts are with you

  • Sherry Chapman

    Reply July 7, 2020 8:05 am

    Jerry so sorry you lost your sweet wife. I wish I gotten to meet her.

  • gloria j stockman

    Reply July 9, 2020 9:50 am

    jerry and all… karen and I would like you to know we liked brenda very much and will remember all the fun we had together at south park.

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