Mrs. Richards was born July 8, 1931 in Clarke County, Virginia, the daughter of Howard Wilmer and Edith Lorraine Smallwood Carroll LaFollette.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Clarke County, Virginia.
She married Lester Omer “Pete” Richards on October 2, 1948 in Clarke County. Mr. Richards died July 12, 1976.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Franklin of Clearbrook, VA; five sons, Ray Richards and Tim Richards, both of Berryville, VA, Joe Richards of Winchester, VA, LeRoy Richards of Gulfport, MS, and Rick Richards of Hagerstown, MD; three sisters, Anis Carter of Winchester, VA, Jean Shepherd of Berryville, VA, and Mary Messenger of Fredericksburg, VA; a brother, Jerry J. LaFollette of Winchester, VA; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A son, Gary Lee Richards, three sisters, Louise Hillyard, Lorraine Wiley, and Evelyn Shepherd, and two brothers, Wilmer Carroll and Basil Carroll preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A. M. Thursday, June 17, 2010 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Rev. Karen Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Clarke County.
Pallbearers will be Ray Richards, Joe Richards, LeRoy Richards, Tim Richards, Rick Richards, and Shane Richards. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Jackson, Travis Richards, and Calvin Richards.
The family will receive friends 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, c/o Connie Boyers, 873 Solitude Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.
To view obituary and sign guest book, please visit www.endersandshirley.com.