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Beverly C. Richards

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 3, 2015 @ 7:53 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

Beverly C. Richards, 91, of Lancaster, PA passed away at the Glen at Willow Valley on July 1, 2015.  Born in Reading, PA and raised primarily in Wayneboro, PA, she was the daughter of the late Preston E. and Pauline Wiedeman Cloud.  On Flag Day of 1947, Bev married James L. Richards and they moved to Lancaster.  She lived there continuously until her death.  Bev moved to Willow Valley Communities in 2002, and continued on there after her husband passed away in 2008.  She is survived by three children:  James L. Richards, John Jeffrey Richards and Melissa R. Geier; a foster daughter, Audrey Stepp; a sister, Bonnie Deyo; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Bev graduated from Ursinus College in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Physical Education, English and Science.  Over the years she took refresher courses in Adaptive and Elementary P.E. through Penn State University.  She worked for the School District of Lancaster from 1967-1976 as a P.E. Specialist for Adaptive P.E. and for primary grades.  From 1978-1988 she served as admissions assistant at Franklin and Marshall College.

She was a long time and active member of First United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Chancel choir.

A strong advocate of the Lancaster community, she most recently served on the Board of Directors of the Wheatland Choral and Women’s Symphony Association.  In previous years, she served as a Y-teen advisor at the Y.M.C.A, was a Girl Scout leader, and Political Party worker.  She served on the Boards of the League of Women Voters, Lancaster Day Nursery, and the Junior League.  She was on the finance committee of the United Way and the Alpha Club.  She served as President and Treasurer of American Association of University Women.  Bev enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family members in the Lancaster area, and particularly the times spent at the cottage she and her husband owned on Lake Harmony in the Poconos.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church; corner of Duke and Walnut Sts., Lancaster, PA on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Friends may call at the church on   Monday    from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Private interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Please omit flowers.  If desired, contributions in Bev’s memory may be sent to:

Ursinus College Advancement Office, 601 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426; or Water Street Ministries, P.O. Box 7267, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Condolences for the family of “Beverly C. Richards”

Condolence from WOMEN’S SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION BOARD on July 5th, 2015 12:01 pm

Please accept our sincere condolences to the family of Beverly Cloud Richards..
The Women’s Symphony Board of Lancaster County

Condolence from WOMEN’S SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION BOARD on July 5th, 2015 12:05 pm

Please accept our sincere condolences to the family of BEVERLY CLOUD RICHARDS.
The Women’s Symphony Board of Lancaster County

Condolence from Dan Browning on July 5th, 2015 3:20 pm

Dear Richards Family,

It was with great sadness that I read of Bev’s passing. Bev and Jim were good friends of my parents when I was growing up in Lancaster in the 50s & 60s. I have fond memories of times spent with your family in those days. Bev and my late mother, Harriet Browning, were particularly close. My mother passed away in 1965, and to this day, I have a clear recollection of the comforting words Bev shared with me at her funeral.

I was fortunate enough to reconnect with Bev and Jim late in their lives, and to have opportunities to reminisce over old times. Bev was a gracious lady, and a special person. I will miss her.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences, and know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Dan Browning

Condolence from Doug Coursin on July 5th, 2015 9:52 pm

Dear James, Jeff, Missy and family – we were saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a dear and special person who enriched my life growing up down the street from your family. My parents, Betty and Baird Coursin, also treasured her and your parents friendship and many kindnesses.

I last visited with Bev when we had lunch together with Meg several months after our mom passed away in 2012. She was also able to come to Stone Harbor later that summer for a family reunion in memory of my parents. It was a treat to visit with her and reflect on many happy times together.

Please know that I am thinking of you all and send my deepest sympathies. Our lives are dimmed by her passing, but our hearts remain lightened by the memories of her quick smile and laugh, wonderful friendship and caring nature. Doug

Condolence from Marti Coursin on July 6th, 2015 9:53 am

Dear Family of Bev,
I first met Bev when my late mother-in-law, Betty Coursin, had a wedding shower for me in Lancaster. Be welcomed me with her smile, wit and genuine self. Over the years, I spent many happy times with Bev and Jim and admired and loved both of them. As my husband, Doug, wrote, our lives are dimmed by their passing but remain enriched by their being. Much love, marti

Condolence from Richard and Michelle Atwater on July 6th, 2015 4:51 pm

Jeff and family, Your Mom was a very special friend of Michelle’s parents during the 1950’s and of Michelle’s Mom til her death in 2009. My parents also liked your Mom very much. Aunt Bev had a dinner party for us after we were engaged and we all had a wonderful evening with Aunt Bev and Uncle Jim!
We all have many fond memories of Aunt Bev. She was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Condolence from Kathryn Clark on July 7th, 2015 1:24 pm

Bev was an absolutely incredible woman….a friend, a mentor, a shoulder to cry on. Hey, she was at one point even my employer since after all I was the family babysitter! There is a special place in heaven for Bev Richards. I am so thankful I knew her.

Condolence from Sidoney Samuels-Atse on July 10th, 2015 9:57 am

Missy and Jeff,
My condolence on Aunt Bev’s passing. When I last spoke to her at the end of May, I tried to get your number Missy but was unsuccessful. Your Mother was an amazing woman! I will never forget what she did for me. She gave me an opportunity and open up her home, life and family to me. I will always be grateful for her generosity and loving spirit. She always wanted to know what was going on with my boys, my various travels for work and how I was getting along. She shared in all my major milestones. She will be greatly missed.

Sidoney Samuels-Atse

Condolence from Barbara Dando on July 12th, 2015 8:47 pm

Dear Richards Family-
Our mothers were best friends, sorority sisters, roommates, and fellow residents of Willow Valley. They supported one another in ways that we can barely understand, but their love and care of each other was a joy. When my mother was failing, your mother was at her side day after day. In recent years, staying in touch with and visiting your mother has been such a gift to me. She was a loving, giving, and strong woman who soldiered on despite the hardships she encontered. Your loss is large, and your legacy is enormous. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Pierce and Elaine Atwater on July 15th, 2015 11:20 am

Jeff, Patty, and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she had a wonderful life and now you can cherish the fond memories. You have our deepest sympathy.
Pierce and Elaine

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