Barbara Richards, 83

Barbara G. Richards, 83, Fort Myers, Fla., died at 5:47 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2013 at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1930 in Manchester, Ohio to Elix and Nellie (Dalton) Bartrum.

Barbara attended Somerset High School. She married Lee J. Richards in Wabash on April 24, 1948. She worked at General Tire and Rubber Co. from 1947-1987. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, both of Wabash. Barbara enjoyed bowling, golfing and dancing. She lived in Wabash since 1948, and wintered with her husband in Fort Myers, Fla. since 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Lee J. Richards, Fort Myers, Fla.; two children, Marilyn (Jack) Hoover, Syracuse, and Bret L. Richards, Bloomington, Ill.; three grandchildren, Michelle L. Hoover, Sara M. Richards, and Ryan Richards, all of Fort Wayne; sister, Joyce Grimm, Wabash; brother, Ora Bartrum, Marion; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Harvey Bartrum, and Bill Bartrum.

Memorial services and entombment was held Nov. 30 at the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum, at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash, with Fred Hughs officiating. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Barbara may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Nov 27