Frances Sawyer Richards, 91, wife of the late John P. Richards Jr., passed away Oct. 14, 2016, at Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Greenville. She was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Greenville, the daughter of Stillman W. and Bertie (Gould) Sawyer.
She graduated from Greenville High School and Maine School of Commerce (Husson) with a business degree. She and Johnny were married June 29, 1946, and were married for 43 years. She was employed at Camden National Bank, before working as a bookkeeper for her husband's business, while raising her family. She was a member of the Union Church, the Ready Workers, C.A Dean Hospital Auxiliary, the Eastern Star, Red Hatters Society, the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club, and the Moosehead Marine Museum. She and Johnny loved to travel and visited many places, locally, as well as abroad. The holidays and birthdays were very important to Frances and she enjoyed the many gatherings with her family. Frances volunteered her time delivering Meals for Me and working at the food pantry. Her hobbies included puzzles, needlework, and she had knit countless sweaters and Christmas stockings, that her family cherish.
Frances is survived by son, David and his wife, Prudy of Greenville, their two children, Christopher and wife, Nicole, their children, Parker and Cody, Jill Indorf and children, Andersen and Benjamin; son, Timothy and his wife, Beverly of Bangor, and their children, Kasey Richards, Kendra Osborne and her husband, Adam, and their children, Chase, Dahlia, and Elijah, Addie Richards, and Jenny Richards; daughter, Lea and her husband, Stuart Watt, of Greenville, and their children, Craig and Leslie, and their children, John and Tom, and Meredith Oelschlegel and her husband, Gavin, and their children, Alec, Issac and Braylea; daughter, Jaci and her husband, Rodney Gaudet of Greenville, and their daughter, Bethany and her husband, Chris Young; one sister, Virginia Osgood of Carroll Plantation; sister-in-law, Ethel Leach of State College, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Johnny; sisters, Florence Tucker and Erma Harvey; brothers, Oliver and Henry.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at C.A. Dean Long Term Care, for their excellent and compassionate care of our precious Mom. A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, October 21, at the Union Church, Greenville. Burial will be in the family lot in Greenville Cemetery. Friends and family may gather at DKB Catering, Pleasant Street, after the committal. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Church, P.O. Box 368, Greenville, ME 04441. Arrangements by Lary Funeral Home, 281 Pritham Ave., Greenville. Condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.