Alma E. Richard was born December 26, 1920 to the late Augustus M. and Mertis (Gatlin) Halthon in Magnolia, Mississippi. Alma Richard completed her formal education at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Magnolia, Miss. including earning qualification to teach. For a brief time she served as a teacher in Osyka Miss. teaching the 5th grade in a small segregated school.
On December 31, 1940, Alma was united in Holy Matrimony to Felder Richard Sr., in Magnolia, Mississippi. They soon moved to Danville IL. to begin their married life.
Alma worked as supervisor of food preparation for the Hotel Wolford. Later leaving becoming a fulltime homemaker and caring for her children. As her children became adults alone with her grandchildren. She was inspired to become a foster parent to other children, as we all know she had unending love for children.
Mother Richard loved the Lord and put God first in her life, alone with her husband Elder Richard, they were members of Mason Temple C.O.G.I.C in Danville, IL. Later they built and were founders of Richard’s Temple C.O.G.I.C, which was located at 430 Love Street in Soldier’s Home. There they praised the Lord and lifted up God for many years!
On January 16, 2020 at 6:50 a.m., Mother Alma Richard, at the age of 99, passed away peacefully at OSF Hospital, Danville.
Mother Alma Richard’s life and legacy will be for ever remembered by her surviving three sons: Felder (Carolyn) Richard Jr., Kenneth Richard both of Danville and Simeon Gary Richard of Springfield IL; five daughters: Erma (Ken) Flye of San Antonio, Texas, Ernestine Tribbet, Sharon Kay Young both of Springfield IL., Alma Y. Richard of Danville and Kathy Richard of Springfield IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eld. Felder Richard Sr., brother, Augustus (Bub) Halthon, sister, Ernestine Lewis.
We love you dearly Mother, your love for all us was the greatest of all!
Your Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, rest in peace with the Lord!
A Home Going Celebration will commence at 12:00 Noon Friday January 24, 2020 at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave. Danville. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Officiating Pastor Rev. McArthur Pendleton. A public viewing will be held at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 E. Williams St. Danville on Thursday January 23, 2020 from 1-4 pm. Interment Danville National Cemetery.
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