Elizabeth M. Richards
Oct. 16, 1933 - Nov. 7, 2020
Resident of Saratoga
Dr. Elizabeth M. Richards, October 16, 1933 – November 7, 2020. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family which was her wish. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Thomas W. and Helen L. Moriarty. She earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MD from Stanford medical school. She was one of only a few women in her graduating class of 1960.
Dr. Richards started raising her first two children while working on her degree at Stanford medical school. Beth's third child was born while working on her internship in Chicago, and once completed, moving to Phoenix, Arizona practicing as a GP.
In 1964 she brought her family to San Jose, California and completed her residency program and started her psychiatric practice. Dr. Richards quickly became highly regarded by her clients and peers. Beth and her daughter, Cathy, became very involved in raising and showing Morgan horses. They competed at many shows across the western states winning many awards including Morgan Horse of the year.
Beth's children and grandchildren were very important to her. She gave generously to them and she could always be counted on for help in any way needed. She travelled extensively both on her own and with family and friends.
Beth was very good at quickly making deep and lasting connections with the people she met and cared about, and surrounded herself with people to help her with her many endeavors. They were not only loyal but quickly grew to love her.
Dr. Elizabeth M. Richards is survived by her children, Mary Catherine Andry of Davidson NC, John Richards V of Ukiah, CA and Thomas M. Richards of Montara, CA; her grandchildren Joshua Richards, Allain Andry, Eloise Andry, Joseph Andry, Caleb Z. Richards and Maeve A. Richards. She will be remembered fondly by the countless people whose lives she touched.
We will celebrate her life sometime in mid-2021 when it is safe to gather. If you would like to be notified of the time and place of the celebration please respond by email to [email protected] View the online memorial for Elizabeth M. Richards
Published by San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2021.