Julia Ruth Richards Cole
89, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2013 in Plano, TX surrounded by her family. She was born on November 11, 1923 to Oliver Mark and Gertrude Hocking Richards in Cortland, OH, the youngest of 5 children. She graduated from Cortland High School in 1941 and received a Kindergarten-Primary degree from Oberlin College in 1945. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Edward Cole, on October 21, 1945. They lived in Woodstock, IL for several years before returning to Warren, OH to live and raise their family of four children. She spent 25 years as an elementary school teacher, in Oberlin, OH and Howland Township, OH, retiring in 1980. She moved with her husband to Bonita Springs, FL in 1984 and after 15 wonderful years of beaches and sunsets moved to Plano, TX in 1999. She is survived by her four children, E. Christine Cole Gates (Rick) of Plano, Texas; Mark A. Cole (Barb) of Warren, OH; Melinda Cole Heim (Michael) of Zionsville, IN; Kevin R. Cole (Lisa) of Covington, VA; and a brother Walter H. Richards of Estes Park, CO. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, two brothers, Richard Richards and Nelson F. Richards, and a sister, Barbara Fishel. She loved to cook and knit, was an avid bird watcher, naturalist, and educator. Her greatest joys were spending time with her family, teaching her grandchildren to bake cookies and sneaking table scraps to their pets. Ever giving, always loving, and the consummate nurturer, she leaves a wonderful legacy of warmth to those she touched. A private memorial service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Cortland, OH at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida 1450 Merrihue Dr., Naples, FL 34102 (conservancy.org). Please send family condolences to http://www.ariacremation.com.