Melody E. Richards
1957 - 2020
BORN
1957
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
2959 West 11th Avenue
Gary, IN
Melody E. (nee Underwood) Richards was born June 25, 1957 to John and Virginia Underwood in Memphis, Tennessee. She was raised and lived most of her life in Gary, Indiana. Melody graduated from Emerson High School in 1975. She continued her studies and graduated from Indiana University with both a Bachelor's Degree in 1982 and Master's Degree in 1987 in Elementary Education. Melody worked for the Gary Community School Corporation for 35 years at Bethune and Drew Elementary Schools. Melody married Ronald L. Richards and to this union four children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, and brothers. On Monday August 10, 2020 Melody gave up this life for eternity. She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving mother Virginia Underwood; two sons Donté Richards (Stephanie) of Rockford, IL and Aaron (Tatiana) Richards of Merrillville, IN; two daughters Latoya (Walter) Mabon of Portage, IN and Britney (Breon) Richards of Gary, IN. She also leaves to fondly cherish her memories 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of other beloved family members and friends. Visitation for Melody will be held on Friday August 21, 2020 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. All services will be held at Guy & Allen Funeral Home, 2959 W. 11th Avenue, Gary, Indiana. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.


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Published by Post-Tribune on Aug. 19, 2020.
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21
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9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
, IN
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21
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2959 West 11th Avenue, Gary, IN
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Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
JoAnn Adkins
Friend
September 16, 2020
She had a beautiful spirit, Beautiful Lady! and was a Loving person. She will be missed.
Mrs. Brenda Lackey Swift
Family
September 3, 2020
She was one of the best teachers I ever had! I'm so sad to hear that she's gone. Condolences to family and friends of Mrs. Richards.
LaTanya Larkin
Student
August 23, 2020
Gob bless the Underwood Family. Take your rest, Melody. May the memories we have of her give comfort in times of sadness. Remembering my classmate today.
Veronica Y Scott -EHS-
Classmate
August 23, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Dorothy Champion
Friend
August 22, 2020
My Condolences to the family I will continue to pray for the family !!
Debra Henderson
Friend
August 21, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. Melody was a beautiful person inside and out. She will truly be missed. Praying for strength and comfort for the family.
Yana Gray-Mays
Coworker
August 21, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Charlotte Hughes
Classmate
August 21, 2020
Thank you so much for being that big sister that I needed in life. I’m going to miss our conversations and as well as trying to convince you to give up some of those purses you have. Gone but never forgotten Sis. ❤❤
Sheila Parker
Friend
August 21, 2020
She will be dearly miss by her YWCA family.
Jacqueline Veal
Friend
August 20, 2020
My Deepest Condolences To You And Your Family . May GOD Comfort And Give Your Strength At This Most Difficult Time ..Melody Will Always Be Remembered As A Loving , Kind , Sweet , Person...RIH MELODY
PAMELA MAGEE
Friend
August 20, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Beverly Magee - Emerson Class of 75
Beverly Magee
Acquaintance
August 20, 2020
Sorry to hear of the lost of your loved one. I will be praying for the family. GOD is still good all the time.
Gwendolyn Hemphill
Acquaintance
August 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Tonora
Family
August 20, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Gregory Archibald
Classmate
August 20, 2020
a loved one
August 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Mack and Angela Underwood
Mack and Angela Underwood
Family
August 19, 2020
May God be with you and your family at this difficult time. I'm hoping the memories help ease your pain. Melody was a funny & sweet person I met through line dancing.

God Bless
Tracy Haymon
Friend
August 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Remembering a sweet and wonderful person.
Deborah Abram
Friend
August 19, 2020
My heart is so broken ,my Childhood friend ,we could go months and not talk and when we see each other it was like we had just left each other ..My dear friend Rest In Paradise..To the Family my heartfelt Condolences..God gained a Beautiful Angel...Mrs Underwood I love you and praying for you and your beautiful Family
Bonnie Jean Redmon
Friend
August 19, 2020



We the Emerson class of 1976 will miss Melody from our class & life.
We are truly sorry for your great loss.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cynthia Grigsby
Classmate
August 19, 2020
Melody was a wonderful coworker she was lovely all I’m very saddened by her passing I’ll cherish the time we had together Mel you gave great advice and alway lending a helping hand I LOVE YOU MELODY FROM BARBARA BORDERS
Barbara Borders
Friend
August 19, 2020
God bless you and yours.
Dannie Mason
Acquaintance
August 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Rest in Heavenly Peace , My Lovely Nghbhd Sister '' Melody Underwood Richards '' .
Tyrone Amos (Roe'')
Friend
August 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Rest in Heavenly Peace , My Dear Neighborhood Sister !!!
Tyrone '' Lil Roe '' Amos
Friend
August 19, 2020
My sweet, kind, full of life cousin. She will be missed dearly by our family. She was so vibrant and brought a smile with her everywhere she went! A True Underwood
Carlis Stanton
Family
August 19, 2020
Rest peacefully auntie! You will forever be missed!
Mykenz Brown
Family
August 19, 2020
Melody and I have been friends for 40 years. I am from Grenada, MS and moved to Gary, IN in the 70’s. She and I became friends and have kept in touch with each over the years. I am missing her so much, and I am still trying to accept that she is no longer with us. I know her children may not remember me, because they were young when I moved back to MS in 1987. But I will always cherish the memories your mom and I shared together, and I will always love and miss her.
Dale Noel
Friend
August 19, 2020
She was my second grade teacher and I always remembered the patience she showed with me over some of the things I struggled with.She took the extra time and never complained until I improved and got better at writing legible. Over 30 years later and when I would see her it amazed me she remembered that the same way I did.She was a caring and loving teacher that never gave up on her students.My condolences to the Richard's and Underwood families.
Abdu McCully
Student
August 19, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Underwood family! Sorry for you loss, praying for you all
Nichelle Jackson
Friend
August 19, 2020
Rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Heaven has received one of their angels back❤
Kesha Ingram
Family
August 19, 2020
R.I.P. SWEET ANGEL
Jennifer Sease
Friend
August 19, 2020
Rest Peacefully Classmate.
Heartfelt Condolence to the family.
Dimples class of "76"
Marian L May
Classmate
August 19, 2020
Mrs Richards was a great teacher so sorry for the family's loss may God bless you and your family
April Jordan
Acquaintance
August 19, 2020
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