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Doris J. Richards

July 5, 1924 - July 7, 2014

A self described "delayed firecracker." Truer words were never spoken. Our mother truly lived ninety years of never ending experiences with immense happiness, joy, dedication, and sharing. It seemed as if there was never a stranger after having met our mom. She always had a wonderful story to share, a note or card to those needing a "friend" or a "mom," a caring compassionate hug, that remarkable beautiful smile—"Oh that smile!"

Our mom was born in Elizabeth, IN. to Chester and Lillian LaDuke. She attended Indiana University as a music major and continued with a love of music throughout her life. The Union Chapel chair became her "other family" and we will always see her singing and smiling as she did so. A piano was a part of that love, and her great "gift in life"—grandson, Todd, was given that same love of music by her. They shared so many wonderful times and also shared the same birthdate. Often Todd would sit beside her on the piano bench as a little guy as well as today as a young man. This was "heaven to her."

Mom worked as an elementary school secretary at Grandview School for several years and then as a secretary at the School for the Blind. Mom treasured those many years and had so many wonderful stories about "her children."

A marriage to Wilbur Richards for seventy years! A novel would not be adequate to describe that love and commitment—A love that grew stronger each day, each year. That could capsulize their love story. Each day was a gift for them and they are again together.

Two sons were fortunate to have been born to them, Dave (Georjean) and Bruce (Brenda). Their grandson, Todd, the son of Dave and Paulette (deceased), was their pride and joy. Special additions to our family is granddaughter, Kandee (Scott) and great grandson, Christopher, who live in San Diego. Mom loved the relationships with "adopted" daughters, Nikki, Brenda, and Georjean and gave them a mother's love.

Our mom had many friends—those in the Red Hats, The Forum, Union Chapel, "The Choir," and so many others--Special friends such as Judy and Sandy who were so amazing during her last days.

Our mom will be missed dearly but she will never leave us. She is at peace with Wilbur or soon will be. Her journey to that reward may be longer than most because certainly there will be strangers along the way that need her help. "Never a stranger."

We all love you deeply, Mom. Until we next meet! "Oh That Smile!"

Family and friends will gather on Friday, July 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Indianapolis. The funeral service will be Saturday, July 12th at 11:00 a.m. also at Union Chapel. Leppert Mortuary, Nora is assisting the family with arrangements. All are invited to share thoughts and memories with the family by visiting:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 10, 2014
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