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Thelma Richards

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Thelma Faye Richards, 97, died Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Thelma and her late husband, Milford, married June 6, 1942, in Washington, D.C., and enjoyed 68 years together until his death in 2010. They owned and operated the Jack and Jill store in Marion, S.D. for 23 years before retiring. Thelma loved music and sang and played piano for her church and other events. She became an accomplished oil and water color artist in retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Sarah Adrian; her husband, Milford; her brother, Wallace Adrian; and great-granddaughter, Madison Noordsy Wilson. Survivors include her two daughters, Connie Richards (Salisbury, Md.) and Pat (Tom) Noordsy (Sioux Falls); five grandchildren: Christopher Noordsy (Williston, N.D.), David (Becky) Noordsy (Brookings, S.D.), Michael (Gaea) Noordsy (Sioux Falls), Adrian (Claudi) White (London, England) and Caitlin (Eric, deceased) White Dean (Apex, N.C.); seven great-grandchildren: Gerrod, Sydney, John, Luke, Ellia and Liam Noordsy and Beck Dean; two great-great-grandchildren, Reece and Rhett Wilson; her sister, Margene (Eldon) Ortman (West Lafayette, Ind.); and sister-in-law, Loretta Adrian (Hermosa, S.D.); cousins, nieces and nephews.

A time of remembrance was held Thursday, March 14 at the First Church of God in Marion, with pastors Scott Dent and Randy Fredrikson, chaplain, Trial Ridge, officiating. Pallbearers were Christopher Noordsy, David Noordsy, Michael Noordsy, Adrian White, John Noordsy and Luke Noordsy. Interment was in the First Church of God Cemetery. 

Donations in her honor may be made to the Christian Worship Hour, P.O. Box 2002, Aberdeen, SD 57402-2002.