Aurelia "Ricki" Ann Tebaldi, 69, of Sunnyside, went to be in the arms of her heavenly Savior on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, from her home.
Ricki was born March 1, 1938, in Fort Yates, N.D., the daughter of Ernest Willard and Margaret Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Waggoner. She later received her master's degree in psychology from Western State College.
On June 19, 1976, she married Al Tebaldi in Olympia.
Ricki was the Executive Director of Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services for 21years.
She loved all animals especially horses, sheep, cats and dogs. Ricki enjoyed reading, traveling and writing poetry, for which she received several awards.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, Eagles and VFW.
Ricki is survived by her husband, Al Tebaldi of Sunnyside; two sons, Steve Steiling of Kennewick and James Loveridge of Denver, Colo.; four stepchildren, Alan Tebaldi (Jennifer) of Steilacoom, Michele Raymond (Gary) of Seattle, Candace Hales (Ron) and Tony Tebaldi (Beth), all of Pasco; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald Waggoner of Sunnyside, Gary Waggoner of Estacada, Ore., and Monte Waggoner of Salem, Ore.; one sister, Odelia Sander of Colorado Springs, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister-in-law, Donda Waggoner.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, from 3 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Those wishing to honor Ricki's memory may contribute to Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.