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Alice Richards

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Alice L. Richards age 93 of Nashua, IA, died Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. A Celebration of her Life by family and friends will be held 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the United Methodist Church , Activity Room in Nashua. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Alice Richards was born October 26, 1922 in Richland Township, Chickasaw County, the daughter of Clarence and Thyra (Michaelsen) Dixon. She attended 7 Mile Grove Country School before going to Nashua for her final two years of high school. On February 12, 1939 she married the love of her life, Roger Richards, in New Hampton. To this union six children were born. Because of Roger’s career in the Navy, the couple resided in numerous states. They lived in Florida, California, Hawaii, Texas, and then settled down in Nashua in 1965. Alice was very involved in many activities while living in Nashua. She was active at the Methodist church serving on different circles for funerals and other social events. Alice was also active in the VFW Auxiliary. She was an avid reader, spent many hours creating ceramic pieces, and enjoyed completing crossword puzzles. Roger and she ran the floral shop north of Nashua and she also worked at the High School in the cafeteria. Her biggest job of all was raising her six children, who meant the world to her. Alice is survived by six children: Jerry (Lorene) Richards of University Place, WA, Joan Boss of Fredonia, KS, Beryl (Connie) Richards of Nashua, IA, Gale (Linda) Richards of Charles City, IA, Janice Dorenkamp of Rockford, IA, Gay (John) Wicks of Schaller, IA; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; one sister Marilyn Bigelow of Cedar Falls, IA; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on June 28, 1992, one son-in- law John Boss, and three brothers Dick, Dale and Arnold Dixon.

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  1. Many fond memories of family gatherings on the Richard’s side, seeing you as part of the great dinner ladies of Nashua school, a great example of a military family, and I think you were even the mayor’s wife. Rest in peace Alice, and my deepest sympathies to your family. Mark

  2. My dear family. Sorry about your loss. When the enemy death strikes, the sting of death can be very painful, and can leave us with emotions that are hard to understand. Know that when you pour out your heart to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayer, He will give you His Peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your thinking and your heart. May the family stay together during this difficult times.

  3. Beryl & family. No more pain, no more dementia…I recently held her hand during mass, she sang Amazing Grace. She’s with Jesus! God’s blessings

  4. My sympathy to Alice’s family. I got to know Alice when my father was at Lynn Haven. I enjoyed visiting with her and working on jigsaw puzzles. Virginia Dedor

  5. I haven’t seen Alice in years but she was like a Grandma. Caring for us as little ones and then still mowing her lawn for years. RIP Alice. I’m sure you and Roger had a glorious reunion. 🙂 Cindy (Hannemann) Olson

  6. To the Richards family: I SO enjoyed knowing your family, especially Alice and Roger. They showed up at my house early one morning about 50 years ago, asking me to work for them at the greenhouse. They had just signed papers to buy the greenhouse, not knowing anything about the greenhouse business, and Mrs. Powers died that night. Some real estate agent had told them I would work for them, without telling me. We handled it… and many years on. Alice and Roger were as sweet as the day was long . Hello to A L L you kids. Pat Cleveland

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