Posted 4:52 PM 10/1/2012 : Family and friends gather in Ordway to honor and remember Sgt. Mary Ricard
Hundreds of family, friends, and Department of Corrections employees gathered in Ordway today to remember Sergeant Mary Ricard, who was killed last week at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility.
Through music and prayer, Mary was remembered as a woman with a passion for life and family.
She was a baker who decided in 2002 to switch careers and work for the DOC preparing meals for offenders.
Her family says she always believed in redemption for each and every person and sometimes taught offenders how to cook.
Several spoke about Mary this morning.
"As I look out this morning, I see my heroes sitting in this building, but one of my heroes is missing today, and we are here to remember and honor her, Sergeant Mary Ricard," said a friend and coworker.
"Today we honor Mary by expressing our loss, but also by remembering the truly good person that she was. With an endless heartstring of joy and kindness and giving for others," said Tom Clements, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.
"I didn't personally know Mary, but I knew enough people that did know her. I've heard so much about her," said Governor John Hickenlooper. "Every story, everything I hear, drives home the point that, well there's just not enough people like Mary on Earth."
"She was a wonderful lady," said a coworker and friend. "We are going to miss her. She always had a smile, so to her family, we're sorry."
Yellow roses are a DOC tradition.
There were 14 of them in a vase representing those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Today with heavy hearts, they placed the 15th rose in for Sergeant Mary Ricard.