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Irene Marjory Richards

March 27, 2018

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RICHARDS, Irene Marjory Passed away peacefully on March 27, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was 97. Irene was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on December 12, 1920 to Albert and Christena Koch. She grew up on a family farm with three of her five siblings. Because of The Great Depression, in 1936 the family left South Dakota and settled in Bakersfield, California, where her two youngest siblings were born. She married the late Paul Richards on June 1, 1941 and raised four children with him. Irene and Paul moved to Novato, California in 1959. Later she worked as a secretary at Hamilton Air Force Base. After the children left home, she and Paul relocated to Sebastopol in 1970. Irene remained in Sebastopol for the rest of her life. She retired as a secretary at Analy High School at the age of 70. In her later years, Irene was an enthusiastic volunteer at the Hospice thrift shops in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, The Sebastopol Christian Church’s Food Pantry, and Gleaner’s Food Bank. She liked to stay busy. Her social life included dancing in the Kitchen Kut Ups Revue, and participating in activities for Autumn Leaves and Caleb’s Kids. She was a member of the Sebastopol Christian Church for many years and joined their Bible Study Group. She enjoyed crocheting in the evenings and made many gifts for her family. She loved her garden, and tended it with loving care. She is survived by her children, Gary (Darielle), Colene (Lorry), Joyce, and Roy (Nancy), nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, her brother Bob Koch and sister Lois Sabaloni. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Bea and Elaine, and her brother Ron. Irene was a wonderful woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved her family beyond words and will be greatly missed.