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Verda Joyce Richards

September 26, 1925 March 16, 2016
Verda Joyce Richards
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Verda Joyce Curtiss Richards (always known by Joyce) passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the age of 90 after a struggle with pneumonia. She was a mother, wife and a very talented artist and photographer. She worked for Pediatrician Dr. Robert Hart as a bookkeeper for many years, was a telephone operator, received her GED from Manual High School and was a member of the Maxwell Road Church of God. Born on September 26, 1925, in Staunton, IL, she was preceded in death by her father, Truman L. Wooldridge, her mother, Edna Sawyer, her infant brother

Marvin, her brother Loy and her two sisters, Faye and Winona. She is survived by her husband and soulmate of 49 years, Harold Ray Richards, sons Robert (Carol) Curtiss, Richard (Nora) Curtiss, daughter Leslie (Dustin) Hacker, and son Ronald (Maria) Curtiss. She is also survived by sons Danny (Anna) Richards, David (Cheryl) Richards, and daughter Nancy (Rick) Monroe, and son Tim (Jeanne) Richards. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:00, Tuesday, March 22, at Calvary Baptist Bible Church with Garry Geer. The church is located in Peoria at 2200 W. Nebraska Avenue. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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