Mary Ellen Richards

November 04, 1923 - October 04, 2011 

Mary Ellen Richards

November 04, 1923 - October 04, 2011 

Obituary for Mary Ellen Richards

Mary Ellen (Hill) Richards, age 87 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, October 04, 2011 after a long illness.

Born in Nashville, Tenn. in 1923, she was a graduate of Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University) in 1943 and taught math in Nashville, and Mason, Michigan for 27 years. Following her retirement in 1981, she resided in Florida, moving to Holland several years ago. A lifelong active Baptist, she currently attended the First United Methodist Church of Holland.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Paul, in 2004.

She is survived by her daughters:
Lynne Richards of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Kathy and Tom Herrick, of Holland
3 Grandsons:
Richard and Kelley Herrick of Rockford
Joseph and Stacey Herrick of Grandville
Benjamin and Heather Herrick of Wyoming
3 Great Granddaughters:
Emerson, Camryn, and Rebekah Herrick
Dot McDaniel
Jack and Kathleen Hill

Funeral services will be Thursday, October 6, 2011, 4:00pm, at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland with Rev. J. Lynn Pier-Fitzgerald. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 3:00pm until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Richards was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and friend. Although she will be greatly missed by all, it is with the secure knowledge of her future home in heaven and of seeing her Paul again, that she passed into the arms of Jesus.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Lighthouse, Oak Crest Manors of Holland and particularly to Cathy Fucile of Spectrum Hospice for their loving and tender care and support.

Memorials may be made to Spectrum Hospice or to the First United Methodist Church Bus Ministry.

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