Lois Ruth Zepik-Ricker

It was a blustery winter night on November 30, 1945 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada I was welcomed by my parents R. Hugo and Ella (Rinas) Zepik. I am an only child. Dad was a Baptist minister, so my first home was in Golden Praire, Saskatchewan, Canada. After a year we moved to Alberta and then to Manitoba. Seven years were spent in the vast ranch land of eastern Montana where I claimed to grow up. I completed high school in Oklahoma and went off to college.

In 1968 received my BS degree from Northern State College (Northern State University) in Aberdeen, SD. After completing college I continued my studies at North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD and completed my religious education degree (BRE). Throughout my life I continued to further my education and expand my horizons. I attended post graduate studies at CSU-B, completed all required courses in Mental Health counseling at San Antonio College, received a certificate in Mediation providing services to Bexer County Court and received a national Social Service Coordinator certification.

After college I was offered a position with the ND Department of Health Services as a caseworker serving the needs of elderly, disabled and children. I also gained experience working in secured mental health facilities. I wrote the test to obtain my Social Work license and worked for many years, in long term care/skilled nursing facilities in ND, California, Washington and TX. This was very rewarding and challenging work. Wonderful people passed through my life and I feel truly blessed.

I enjoyed leading ministry in the various churches I attended finding it exciting and fulfilling.

My other passions were facilitating women’s Bible study groups, being president of the church women’s group, teaching Sunday Vacation Bible School, being a member of the Greeters/Newcomers committee and participated with special music. To me, the study and sharing of my faith and God’s word is very special.

My marriage of 17 years ended in divorce but included my birth daughter and two step­-daughters.

After retiring, I returned to MT where my daughters and grandchildren reside, I was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (brain cancer) and received treatment. I thank God daily for the miracle’s he has granted me. I would also like to say thank you Dr. Cobb and Dr. McNeely for making this remarkable journey possible. To all my health care providers, I applaud you for all you have done for me.

My father and mother have met me in heaven, along with my maternal and paternal grandparents. Remaining here is my daughter and two beautiful grandchildren and step­daughter, who are preserving the memories.

John 3:16
Arrived in heaven: November 18, 2017