The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 22, 2014

Elvera (Vera) Ann Richards

COLUMBUS, Kan. — Elvera (Vera) Ann Richards, age 81, passed away at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, Mo., following an illness.

Vera was born in Barton County, Mo., on March 13, 1932. She was the daughter of Marshall M. Smith and Willie Ann (Pugh) Smith.  She graduated from Carthage High School in 1949. She had lived in this area most of her life.

Vera married Robert D (Bob) Richards on Aug. 23, 1952, in Oswego, Kan. He passed away Aug. 25, 1996. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary C. Alexander; and five brothers, Lewis Smith, Bud Smith, Roy Smith, Sam Smith and Bill Smith.

She worked many years as a cook for Columbus High School and Central Jr. High in Columbus and retired in 1991. She was a member for over 50 years of the First Baptist Church, Columbus where she taught Sunday school and was a Deaconess.

She is survived by one son, John Richards (wife, Mary), Columbus; one daughter, Kristie Richards, Columbus; one grandson, Andrew Richards ( and fiancé, Makinzie Teel), Columbus; one granddaughter, Kelsie Richards, Branson, Mo.; one brother, C. R. Smith, Murphreeburo, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

She devoted her life to serving the Lord, her family and helping others.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan. Pastor Warren Stanton will officiate.  Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir, Kan. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Columbus, Kan. in care of the funeral home.

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