Marian Christine RICHARDS

RICHARDS, Marian Christine (Olson)

January 11, 1923 – October 23, 2008

Born in Regina Sask. She began her life on a farm in Edgeley, Saskachewan with her loving parents Mary & Charles and one brother Donald. She was always artistic teaching watercolour painting to younger students in the one-room schoolhouse. After completing her business school education she joined the forces (CWAC) as a Staff Sergeant. It was Army meets Navy when she fell in love and married a dashing young naval officer Charles Richards. It was her request to keep his ashes close so she was never alone and that they share their goodbyes with the world in one ceremony. A loving and devoted wife for almost 60 years, they first settled in Vancouver to raise their family. A gifted knitter and designer she created her own patterns for Siwash sweaters and beautiful children clothes until she lost the use of her right arm in 1959. Moving to a Maple Ridge farm in 1961 was where she finally felt at home and was able to put to use all her inherent childhood farming skills. This beautiful sweet-spirited lady will by sadly missed by her only daughter Joyce Marie Mahy (North Vancouver), son-in-law David Mahy (Coquitlam); oldest son Donald Charles and fiancée Ann, daughter-in-law Glenda, three grandchildren

Jason, Lori (Matt) and Marc (Lisa) and four great-grandchildren, Lindsay

(Emilie), twins Heather and Hayley and Holly, all living in Ontario; Youngest son Richard James (Melissa) and three grandchildren Gretchen, Colleen and Brock living in Illinois. Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, neighbour and friend, you will always have a special place in our hearts and memories as we lovingly remember that big smile, funny wit and generous nature. Your spirit, undaunted by disability, fragility and pain, is now at peace as you passed into the light to join your beloved, your loving parents & brother and so many others.

“A Memorial Celebration of Life”

service for both Marian and her husband Charles will be held November 14th at 2:00pm at Maple Ridge Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers,

donations can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.