Eileen Richards, 96, of Peabody Retirement Community, formerly of 2 Maple Court, North Manchester, died at 4:55 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Peabody Healthcare.
She was born Jan. 20, 1917 in Chester Township, Wabash County, to Charles and Ruth (Shively) Reiff.
Eileen married Jack E. Richards on Aug. 9, 1935 in Lebanon. He died May 22, 1994. She was a 1935 graduate of Chester High School. She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church since 1935, a member of the Dorcas Society, taught Sunday School, and was very active in her church. Eileen sang with the Peabody Entertainers and with the Victory Quartet for many years, and enjoyed music. She was also a member of the Town & Country Club of North Manchester. She was a cook at Chester School, when hot lunches were first served, for 10 years, and was a clerk at Wendel's Decor Shoppe in North Manchester.
Eileen is survived by her three children, Jacqueline Sue (Ron) Flynn, Wabash, Barbara Kay (David) Barnett and Todd L. (Linda) Richards, both of North Manchester; eight grandchildren, Kent Richards, North Manchester, Krista (Brian) Lickey, Columbia City, Karra (Steve) Heggen, Fort Wayne, Kathryn (Mark) Grachek, Winchester, Kent., Robin (Joe) Messer and Darin (Michele) Barnett, both of North Manchester, Amy (Scott) Beam, Fort Wayne, and Grant (Monica) Richards, Zionsville; 21 great grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia "Geno" Wendel.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Private burial will precede the memorial service at Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester.
Preferred memorial is Congregational Christian Church or Peabody Caring Circle, in care of the funeral home.
The memorial guestbook for Eileen may be signed on-line at grandstaff-hentgen.com.