PATRICIA JANE RICHARDS
PORTSMOUTH — Patricia Jane Richards, 87, died July 6, 2014, at Hillview Retirement Center. She was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Portsmouth, Ohio, and was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Dever Gill and Robert Dever and stepfather, Thomas Gill. Her husband of 55 years, William J. Richards, died in 2001.
Patricia graduated from Portsmouth High School and Ohio University. She loved her home and was a wonderful cook. One of her cakes won a blue ribbon at the Scioto County Fair. She volunteered at the former Scioto Memorial Hospital and was a Trustee and secretary of the Administrative Committee of Trinity United Methodist Church which later became Cornerstone. She was also a member of the Women's Tennis League and of the same bridge club for over 50 years.
In 1980 Patricia's husband became incapacitated as the result of a car accident. She devoted the next 21 years to managing his care at home. During that time she became very involved in her community. She was one of the first patrons of the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center where the William J. and Patricia J. Richards Gallery now is a regular showcase for exhibits. She and her daughter co-chaired the first capital fundraiser held by the museum. She served a full term as Trustee for Shawnee State University and was a member of the SSU Development Foundation where her service, gifts and scholarship donations earned her cabinet level recognition in the university President's Club. She also served on the development board of the Southern Ohio Medical Center. She was a patron of organizations too numerous to mention and helped many students attend college by paying their tuition and expenses.
She is survived by three daughters: Betsy Ann Braun (Earl) of Portsmouth, Rebecca Milnes (William) of Columbus, Ohio, and Nancy Leslie of Lansing, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Braun (Kate) of Roseville, Calif., Eric Braun (Alison) of Portsmouth, Kristen Milnes of Naples, Fla., David Milnes of California, Patrick Leslie (Grace) of Lansing, N.C., Katie Leslie and Peter Leslie of Lansing, N.C.; five great-grandchildren, Andrew and Isabelle Braun of Portsmouth, Colton and Sophia Braun of Roseville, Calif., Carolina Rose Leslie of Lansing, N.C.; two step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert E. Dever (Helen) of Wheelersburg, Ohio; a sister, Sharon West (William) of Seneca, S.C., and many nieces and nephews.
Pat requested that there be no visitation or service. Arrangements are under the direction of F.C. Daehler Mortuary Company in Portsmouth.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Shawnee State University Development Foundation 940 Second Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or SOMC Hospice 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.