Ruth Elizabeth Osterman Richards, 89, Louisville, passed away on July 22, 2012.
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She was born on Feb. 25, 1923 in Louisville. She was a graduate of Theodore Ahrens Trade School in Louisville, where she was a past president of the Girls Athletic Association.
Richards was a lifelong sports fan. She was a member of the Sabon Women's Basketball District Champs in 1939-40. She also created a women's volleyball team that was named Osterman in her honor. She was a member of the Sabon Softball Team where she met her future husband who was her coach.
She was an avid Scrabble player and enjoyed watching sports on television, especially the Kentucky Derby.
After she and her husband relocated to Lebanon she became the bookkeeper at E.W. Bates Hardware located in Springfield where her husband was co-owner.
She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Sherman John Richards Sr.; her mother, Katherine Louise Garr Osterman; her father, Louis Osterman Sr.; her sister, Mary Catherine Osterman and her brother, Louis Osterman Jr.
She is survived by her six children, Anita Robinson (Marty) of Pensacola Beach, Fla.; Sherman Richards Jr. (Denise); Greg Richards (Cindy); Curt Richards; Lisa Bradshaw (Terry), all of Louisville, and Gina Carrara (Kevin), of Oakdale, NY; 12 grandchildren, Kristi Peterson (Doug), Paula Parker (Steve), Jenny Leonard (Mike), Paul Edwards (Kali), Jason, Shayna, Matthew, Jenna, and Megan Richards, Cory and Scott Carrara, Dane Bradshaw and 10 great-grandchildren, Christian, Madeline and Caroline Peterson, William, Griffin and Katie Leonard, Tyler and Sydney Parker, Marley and Sophie Edwards.
Visitation will be held at 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Ratterman Funeral Home, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery, Louisville.
Memorial gifts may be sent to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Hosparus Inpatient Care or Hosparus of Louisville.
Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Lebanon Enterprise on July 25, 2012