Mr. Leonard C. Ricks and Dr. Ann Adderley-Ricks celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on Oct. 13, 2012, at the William Penn Inn in Blue Bell, Pa. The couple married on Oct. 13, 2001, in their “Red and White Wedding Ceremony” at Wesley AME Zion Church in Philadelphia, before 200 family members and friends.
The celebration included, roses, libations, delicious food and specially designed strawberry shortcake. The joyous occasion was filled with love, laughter and many wonderful memories.
Ann and Leonard grew up in Philadelphia and attended the city’s public schools. Both attended Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in Cheyney, Pa, then known as Cheyney State College." I went there with the intent of realizing a dream that I had since I was 3 years old, to become a teacher," Ann said.
Coincidentally, both Ann and Leonard worked for the School District of Philadelphia. Leonard worked as an industrial arts teacher and motivational coordinator for several years before attending mortuary school. He then went on to work in his family business, the Ivory Funeral Home in West Philadelphia. Ann spent her entire career with the school district as a teacher, reading specialist, reading coordinator, reading supervisor and principal. As a retiree , she continues to work as a consultant and interim professor.
The couple has travelled extensively. They first met on a trip to Africa in 1999, sponsored by Salem Baptist Church, visiting Senegal, Ghana and Gambia. Last year, Ann became a member of the 7- Continent Club after touring Antarctica in the fall.
"Although I had known his sister for several years, and we had many friends in the same circle, we didn't meet until that trip. Leonard was spending his time doing what gentlemen bachelors do until they met,” Ann shared.
Their courtship lasted two years. After they married, the couple continued to travel to exotic destinations including India, Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, China, and cruising on the Rhine and Mosel Rivers in Europe. Leonard is not a camera bug and states that he keeps his memories "in his heart."
Leonard and Ann are active members of many organizations and clubs in the Philadelphia Community. Leonard is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a life member of the Cheyney University Alumni Association, the Seminar, Vivi Virginti Club of Philadelphia, Masonic Order, Supreme Council (33rd Degree), Shriner's Club, Funeral Directors Guild and the First African Baptist Church of Philadelphia. He was the first life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The activities in which Ann is involved are many. She is the founder and coordinator of Cyster Cyrcle Theater Group, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of Continentals Societies, Inc., Educational Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Phi Delta Kappa Awards Chairperson, University of Pennsylvania-Tau Chapter, Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, life member of the Montgomery County Chapter- Cheyney Alumni of Cheyney University, organizer of Mahjong Empress Society, Nubian Red Hat Society-Queen and a member of the Philadelphia Silhouettes (Kappa Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Wives).
Ann and Leonard shared, “ We are anxiously looking forward to the next 11 years!”
Congratulations and best wishes to Ann and Leonard, a couple who share love and a wonderful zest for life!