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Patricia Fae Richards, age 68, of Carson City, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.  The daughter of  Paul Gerald & Ellen Elizabeth (Anderson) Flowers, she was born on June 30, 1950, in Alma .  

On April 15, 1988, in Carson City, she married David J. Richards and together they enjoyed over thirty years of marriage and raised two children.  For thirty-five years, Patricia was a dedicated teacher in the Carson City Crystal Area Schools and also taught Sunday School Classes for over fifty years at churches in St. Louis, Crystal and Carson City.  Although a true woman of God and ministering to children, her family was her greatest joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her identical twin sister, Pamela Mae Flowers; two children in God's keeping; her father-in-law, Donald Richards; and a sister- in law, Judy Richards.  Surviving are her husband, David; their children, Mark D. & Kelli Richards of Greenville and Emily E. Richards of Carson City; two grand children, Colton Richards and Mariana Garrido-Richards; two sisters, Rebecca S. Flowers of Carson City and JoEllen E. & David Harrison of St. Louis; her nieces and nephews, Matt (Megan), Stacy, Brian (Katie), Alex, Addie, Nathan, Mike, Jason, and Lisa; David's siblings, Donald & Carey Richards, Doug & Patti Richards, Diane & Dick White, Dale Richards, and Jennifer & Mike Schlaud; as well as several great-nieces and  nephews and special friends.

Visitation with the family is from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Crystal Congregational Church (300 S. Main St., Crystal) where memorial services will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ried Martin pastor of the Crystal Congregational Church as well as Deacon Wayne Charlton, a Spiritual Care Provider from the U of M Cancer Center, will officiate and final interment will take place at Bloomer Township Cemetery. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Patricia's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Vic and Cherie Davila on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Sympathy and prayers for your loss. Wishing all of you eventual peace

  2. Penny Grinnell on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful lady. She was our sons kindegarten teacher and he loved her dearly. In oct of 2017 this son developed thyroid cancer and she was one of the first to reach out to him and continued thru this journey!-á
    -á -áYou will be missed!

  3. Diane on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Fly high Pat!-á-áYou put up a good fight and were very brave through it all.-á Tell dad hi for me!-á

  4. Kathy Hoeksema on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Pat was one of the first people in Carson to take me under her wing and make my boys and me welcome to Carson City. She was a treasure, both as a friend and colleague and as my EJGÇÖs teacher. The lives she touched will always have a smile in remembrance.

  5. Carla and Jeff DeYoung on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Great memories of working with Pat at both Crystal Elementary and Carson City Elementary schools.-á She will be missed.-á Dave hold her memory close, it will help you get through these very hard days.-á We will be gone during the time of her visitation and memorial service, but will continue to keep you and your family in prayer.-á God Bless.-á

  6. Expression of Sympathy on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A MONET’S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was ordered on September 28, 2018

  7. Ruthann on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Oh so many memories! I will keep them always in my heart =ƒÆ£! Planning to attend visitation and share big hugs!!!

  8. Lisa Ruedger-Ferris on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I was a scared little girl in 4th grade.-á Miss Flowers was my teacher.-á She soon had my exceeding and loving-á school.-á -á -áI always loved her as a teacher and later in life as a wonderful woman.-á -áWhat a legacy she leaves behind.-á -áMy thought and prayers are with you all in this difficult-á time.-á -áToday she in peace in glory.-á -á
    Till we meet again.-á-á

  9. Tim and Chris Tremain on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Although I never really knew Patricia or David I know your son Mark well. He is obviously a product of two great parents. Praying for the family during this time.

  10. Cynthia Gallagher on September 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Sincere condolences to her family. Pat was my sons teacher in elementary school. She was a wonderful woman and teacher.-á -áShe will be greatly missed by many. Prayers and hugs to the family.-á

  11. Gayle Jensen on September 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Pat was an incredible human being, given the scariest of diagnosis, she continued to love and reach out to others in her most magical way.-á Although cancer brought us together, death will not separate,-á she will never be far from my thoughts and memories.-á She continues to teach us all……..

  12. Rebecca Flowers on September 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    She was my sister and my friend I will always love and miss her.

  13. Bill Knowles on September 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I knew Pat from the St Louis high school band where she was very active. She kept track of all our music and was considered the “librarian”.-á Not sure how Mr Devine got along without her.-á I directed the pep band and when it came time for practice or playing at basketball games, Pat was always there with a great attitude and tremendous spirit.-á Such a gung-ho person – she always threw herself totally into every thing she did.

  14. Jason Anderson on September 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    What an amazing lady. Never had her as a teacher in a classroom. She was always there to start my day and end my day with a hug. Love her so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dave, you know all of us Anderson brats love you and always will. Mark, you hopefully know that I think the world of you.-á

  15. Nancy Poling Newberry on October 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Pat. My best memories of her were in the St. Louis HIgh School Band. I sat with her in the clarinet section and she was number 1. Such a great musician. I know she will be so missed, but we all know where she is right now. In the arms of Jesus.-á

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