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Paul Visscher
December 24, 1923 ~
February 28, 2018
Date of Service: March 17, 2018

Donald Isler
February 28, 1929 ~
March 11, 2018
Date of Service: March 18, 2018

Mary Lou Fjeld
January 30, 1921 ~
March 15, 2018

Constance Rumely
August 27, 1924 ~
March 07, 2018

Mildred McAfee
May 17, 1926 ~
March 06, 2018

Harold West
June 26, 1929 ~
March 06, 2018

Carter "Roy" French
August 28, 1952 ~
March 01, 2018

Helen Emerson
May 23, 1932 ~
February 28, 2018

Wesley R. Myers
January 1, 1948 ~
February 25, 2018


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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