Velma D. (Francis) Richards

Born: Sun., Feb. 19, 1933
Died: Sun., Jul. 26, 2015


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Velma D. Richards, age 82, of Robinson, IL, died Sunday July 26, 2015 at 4:30 PM at Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong, IL, following several weeks of failing health.

Born February 19, 1933 in Annapolis, IL, the daughter of Warden and Edrie (Nash) Francis.  On August 27, 1949 she married Raymond D. Richards and he preceded her in death May 18, 1987.

Velma was a homemaker.  She also worked as a cashier at Phillips 66 Gas Station, Robinson, IL; Retail Clerk, Pools Bargain Center, Robinson, IL and the Crawford Electronics Plant, Robinson, IL.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose; American Legion Auxiliary and Crawford County Home Extension.

Velma was a wonderful grandmother and enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports.  In her later years she enjoyed playing Bingo , (and winning).

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Gary D. and Paulette Richards, Robinson, IL; Robert J. and Joyce Richards, Robinson, IL; daughters and son-in-law, Connie R. and Ted Dunlap, Ocala, FL; Anita L. Koontz, Robinson, IL; fifteen grandchildren, Cynthia Lee Ann Boyce; Cara Lyn Stephens; Tracy Petitjean; Adam Petitjean; Nick Jones; Jamie Lynn Ziegler; David R. Dunlap; Amanda Jo Aubin; Erica Denise Graves; Lisabeth Nicole Bledsoe; Wendy Renee Zawodniak; Raymond Duane Richards; Emilee Nicholle Davis; Allisen Ann Richards and Sheldon James Richards; twenty-one great grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Joan Francis, Dwight, IL; Joel and Sharon Francis, Dwight, IL; sister and brother-in-law, Norita and Don Jacobs, Robinson, IL and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond D. Richards in 1987; brother, Richard Francis and son-in-law, Phillip Koontz.

Funeral services will be Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with Pastor Shane Bopp officiating.  Visitation will be Wednesday July 29, 2015 from 10:00 AM until time of services at 1:00 pm at Pulliam Funeral Home.  Burial will follow funeral services in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, rural Annapolis, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or Riley Children’s Hospital, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Avan Boa
   Posted Mon July 27, 2015
Connie: Sorry to read about your Mother. But sure that you have many happy memories! Thinking of you! Avan

Vickie Perkins
   Posted Mon July 27, 2015
To the family of Velma. My Aunt Mac was in the same room as Velma at Ridge View.
She was always so friendly and talked with us when we visited Aunt Mac. I even
snuck her candy or cookies which I don't know if she was supposed to have.
Please accept my sympathy as I will not forget her smile and humor on my visits.

Vickie Perkins

Sally and Lanny Hoke
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
Emilee I did not realize Velma was your Grandmother even when I saw the picture on facebook---I was just looking at the similarities of her and your sweet Karson. You have my sympathies and your parents as well. Sometimes when we receive a beautiful new life, the circle continues with the loss of one you really love. I am sorry she was not here to spend time with your little one but cherish the memories you have with your Grandmother.


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