Dorothy Louise Richards, 94, of Hoopeston, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Rossville, the daughter of Frank and Bessie (Peterson) Youngblood.
Dorothy married Russell Earl Richards on May 28, 1939, in Hoopeston. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1984.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda M. (Jack) Shoemaker of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sons, James E. (Betty) Richards of Hoopeston and Frank W. (Marilyn) Richards of Crystal Lake; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Mabel, June, Blanche, Opal and Betty Jane; and three brothers, Ralph, Phillip and Donald.
Dorothy was a hairdresser for many years. She later worked at American Can in Hoopeston until her retirement. She was a member of Antioch Church of Christ in rural Rossville and served as an election judge for many years.
Dorothy enjoyed bowling for many years, playing euchre with various groups and was an avid gardener, sharing her produce with others. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting and doing intricate cross-stitch and shared her crafts with family and friends; her projects are now all over the United States and Canada. Dorothy’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, and she was the best grandma ever.
We will celebrate her life with a visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Earl Eells officiating. Burial will be at the Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Antioch Church of Christ, 37605-B N 1900 East Road, Rossville, IL 60963, or the Hoopeston Multi-Agency, 206 S. First Ave., Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Dorothy’s Eternal Tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is in charge of the arrangements.