Florence M. Richards, 93, of Malvern, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Minerva Eldercare.
Florence was born in Malvern on Nov. 25, 1923, to the late John L. and Wilda Campbell.
She is preceded in death by sisters Birdie Campbell, Betty (Bill) Tucci, and Jean (Jim, Dan) Ebner Caldarelli; brothers, Wayne (Virginia) Campbell and Morris "Sonny" (Barb, Jackie) Campbell.
Florence graduated from Malvern Schools in 1941 and then worked in Canton at Ohio Bell as a telephone operator. She continued to work as an operator on Whidby Island in Washington during WW II while her husband Charles "Chuck" was in the Navy. She then worked at Central Trust in Malvern until she retired in 1985.
Florence married Charles "Chuck" Richards on August 1, 1943. He passed away in 1995.
Florence had three sons, all residing in Malvern. Charles "Skeeter" A. and the late Marcia Richards, Kenneth Wayne (Valda) Richards and the late Mitch Richards and his surviving wife, Shelly. She has seven grandchildren, Trisha (Tom) Zeiger, Missy (Chris) Kiehl, Sarah (Joe) Massey, Matthew (Christy) Richards, Jesse Richards, Andy Richards, and McKenzie Richards. Florence also has seven great-grandchildren, Taylor and Macy Zeiger, Brenen Green, Cooper Kiehl, Lonnie, Kenny and Everett Massey. She also has numerous nieces and nephews.
Florence was a member of the East Sparta Christian Church, American Legion Post 375 Auxiliary, and a past member of Malvern's Alpha Sorosis Women's Club. She was also a member of the Retread and 40 Plus Motorcycle Clubs. She is a 66 plus year member of the Mayola Card Club. Florence enjoyed watching and attending Ohio Sports - Cleveland Indians, Browns and Ohio State. She is an avid Malvern sports fan and you could always find her sitting in the front row, cheering on the Hornets.
Funeral services will be held in the Deckman-Bartley Funeral Home, Malvern on Thursday, February 23, 11 a.m. with the Rev. Don Phelps officiating. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6-9 p.m. at the Deckman-Bartley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Caregivers Bressa Long, Sheri Mingus, Minerva Eldercare nurses and aides, and Crossroads Hospice and Palative Care for the love and care they gave our mother. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Friends may express condolences at www.bartleyfuneralhome.com.