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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. 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……..

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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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