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Lola Richards

August 30, 1930 ~ June 09, 2017

Service: June 15, 2017 2:00 PM
   Location: Grace Bible Church

Lola Richards went home to her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2017, as a result of a fall at her home three days earlier.  Lola was born on August 30, 1930, in Benton, Kentucky, to Leonard and Martha Johnston. She was the oldest of five children.

When Lola was five, her family relocated to Detroit, Michigan. During WWII, Lola worked in a defense plant at night while attending school. On June 2, 1945, she met Herb Richards who would become her husband of 70 years. At an amusement park, Lola and her girlfriend had just gotten off the Ferris wheel, Herb came up to her and said, “Hi, my name’s Herb, what’s yours?”  Herb and his friend, Don, drove Lola and her friend home.  Lola introduced Herb to her family and he took the chance to ask if he could come back the following Saturday.  They agreed, and he returned on Wednesday, not being able to wait!  Lola loved to share this story.  They were married October 8, 1946, in Waco, Texas, and shortly after she attended Baylor University.

She cherished her four children: son, John Richards, twin sons, Larry Richards and Gary Richards, and daughter, Debbie (Richards) Van Dyken, which she had by the age of 21. Herb’s career brought their family to Kimberly, Idaho, in 1960 and again to Bozeman, Montana, in 1970.

Lola was an expert seamstress, sewing the clothes for her children while they were in school. She was a certified lifeguard and swimming instructor. She had a deep love for children and taught swimming to disabled and blind children. Children had a special place in Lola’s heart. 

In Bozeman, she was a lead interior designer for Herb’s businesses, the Life of Montana building, the Double Arrow Guest Ranch in Seeley Lake, Montana, and many other projects. Lola helped Herb build, design, and sell six new homes in Maui, Hawaii, over eight years and later, three new homes in Bozeman.

Throughout her life she continually shared the love of Jesus and how to have a personal relationship with Christ.   

She is survived by her husband, Herb Richards; her children, John Richards, Larry Richards and Debbie Van Dyken; and grandchildren, Lance Richards, Jennifer Richards, Matthew Richards, Robbie Richards, Misty Steadman, Marty Ostermiller, Russell Van Dyken, Katherine Milledge, Heather Van Dyken, Mercedes Richards, Mackenzie Richards, Gavin Richards; and 15 great-grandchildren; as well as her sister, Doris McDonald.

We suggest in lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of her name may be made to: Catalyst for Kids, 2960 Tumbleweed Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715 (orphanage for disabled children in Ukraine).

A private family graveside service will be held.  Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Bible Church.

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