Alice Marie Richards, 86, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at her home. Born March 2, 1927 to John and Ella Robertson in Staten Island, NY. Alice was a legal secretary in NY City before moving to North Carolina in 1962. Her husband John F. “Jack” Richards died in July of 2013.
Alice was a 50 year member and received the Lifetime Membership Award from Catholic Daughters of America Court Durham Chapter. She joined Catholic Daughters in 1963, less than a year after moving to Durham. In typical fashion, she became active immediately and was elected to the office of treasurer in 1964. This was the first of many offices that Alice held, including Recording Secretary, Vice Regent and Regent. She served again as treasurer in 2006. Her enthusiasm and commitment to Catholic Daughters was evident to all as she served on many committees throughout the years. These included the Famous Fashion Shows, the Quilt Raffle, Duke Fundraisers, State Raffle Ticket sales, Bingo and Oldham Towers as well as many bake sales and yard sales. She demonstrated strong leadership as chairman of several committees. Whether in a supporting role or leading role, she was a Catholic Daughter everyone could always count on.
Surviving are: two sons, Don Richards of Durham and Gary Richards and his fiancee’ Kathryn Gurley of Durham; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Charles “Chuck” Richards; two sisters, Elsie Weist and husband, Ray of New Jersey, Evelyn “Rusty” Ennis and husband, Jim of New Jersey.
Family will be present 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Fr. Thanh Nguyen presiding.
Interment will follow at St. Matthew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice’s memory may be made to Duke Hospice, The American Lung Association, or to St. Matthew Catholic Church. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com. See obituaries.