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May 28, 2010
The Town Crier

Ethel M. Richards, 78, of Poland, died the morning of Saturday, May 8, at her residence.

Mrs. Richards was born Dec. 17, 1931 in Boardman, a daughter of John W. and Edna L. Mathey Osborne. She was a 1950 graduate of Boardman High School. After graduation, she moved to Cleveland for two years and worked as a bookkeeper at Ferro Enamel. Mrs. Richards returned home in 1952 and started working for Commercial Shearing and Stamping until 1956. In 1974, she went to work at Union National Bank, retiring in 1994 from Bank One.

Mrs. Richards was a member of the Poland United Methodist Church and held many positions there, including financial secretary of the church and treasurer of the church's Poland-Boardman Child Care Center. She was a member of the Daphne Garden Club, Garden Forum, Ruth Shrine #64 of Poland and the Columbiana Chapter #428 of the Eastern Star.  Mrs. Richards also dedicated her time as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

She leaves her husband, Robert E. Richards, whom she married May 21, 1955; two sons, Robert E. Richards, Jr. and David L. Richards, both of Poland; a sister, Gertrude E. Simpson of Boardman; a brother, Harold (Marie) Osborne of Boardman; four grandchildren, David L Richards, Jr. and Jason R. Richards, both of Poland, and Jaclyn J. Richards and Melissa J. Richards, both of Matthews, N.C.; and her daughter-in-law, Nancy L. Richards of Matthews, N.C..

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Thomas J. Richards, and three sisters, Thelma M. Gilchrist, Ruth V. Burkette and Helen J. Soja.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Poland United Methodist Church. The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Ethel M. Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, Poland, Ohio 44514.

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