Lilias Lorraine Myer Richards(1913 - 2013)

Lilias Lorraine

Myer Richards

Age 99, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford, DE.

Born on a farm near Bridgeville to Edwin Saxe and Lorraine (nee Marvil) Myer on July 19, 1913, she was one of 13 siblings. A 1931 graduate of Bridgeville High School, she continued her education at the Philadelphia Orthopaedic and Infirmary for Nervous Diseases Hospital graduating in 1934. Married in 1938 to G .Clayton Richards, she returned with her young family to live in Bridgeville in 1944. After many years as a homemaker, she was employed as a Registered Nurse at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she retired in 1979 after several years as the Night Supervisor. A hallmark of her practice was her kindness in mentoring many young nurses and co-workers. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, doing needlework, and traveling.

She was a member of Union United Methodist Church since 1945. For over 50 years, she was a member of the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by sons, G. Clayton Richards, Jr. and wife Carol of Raleigh, NC and Kenneth E. Richards of Seaford, DE; Daughter, Susan R. White and husband Clark of Seaford, DE; Daughter-in law, Beverly Jean Richards of Greenwood, DE; Grandchildren, Allison L. Lee and husband Sherman of Raleigh, NC; Lauren R. Tombaugh and husband Mark of Apex, NC; Wendee S. Long and husband Thomas of Chesapeake, VA; L. Jill White of Glen Allen, VA; Guy C. White and wife Valerie of Middletown, DE; Betsy B. Burton and husband Scott of Rising Sun, MD; Great grandchildren, Gabrielle Hayes; Jonas Tombaugh; Mackenzie, Shepard, and Delaney Lee; Mattee, Noah, and Benjamin Long; Abigail and Ava White. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Myer of Delmar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Clayton Richards, Sr. Eleven siblings, Edwin, Jr., James, William, Ellis, Robert, Francis, Alan, Ralph, Dorothy Myer, Esther Meredith, and Matilda Kemp.

Appreciation from her family is extended to the residents and staff at Lofland Park Center for their friendships and care.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2 pm at the Union United Methodist Church 2 Laws Street, Bridgeville, DE where the family will receive friends beginning at 1 pm. Interment will follow at the Bridgeville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933.

Please visit Mrs. Richards Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at

Published in The News Journal on May 22, 2013