Combest Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel
2210 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401
Sunday, July 28, 2019
4:00-6:00 PM
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Celebration of Life Service
Redbud Baptist Church
801 Slide Road
Lubbock, TX  79416
Monday, July 29, 2019
2:00 PM
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Resthaven Memorial Park
5740 West 19th Street
Lubbock, TX  79407
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Wilda "Willie" Jean Richards

of Lubbock, TX

November 30, 1922 - July 23, 2019

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Services for Wilda Jean “Willie” Richards will be at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 29th
at Redbud Baptist Church, 801 Slide Rd. with Carlos Hinojos officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Combest Funeral Home, 2210 Broadway. Wilda Jean Morey was born in Nevada, MO, November 30, 1922 and passed away peacefully on July 23, 2019.

She graduated from Nevada High School in 1940 and from Cottey College in 1942. She was a member of Emerson Sorority and earned an athletic Cottey “C”. After a very brief courtship, she married J.D. “Rich” Richards on May 7, 1945, while Rich was on leave from the Coast Guard toward the end of WWII. He passed away in 2018 after more than 73 years of marriage. She served as Secretary to the Assistant Dean of Stephens College and Chairman of Dairy Husbandry, University of Missouri, while Rich finished his degree after the war. Willie was organist of the Mexican Christian Church, Amarillo, TX, a leader in Girl Scout Brownies, Campfire Girls, Cub Scouts, and she was a church camp counselor for several years at her beloved Ceta Glen. She was active in the Society of Petroleum Wives, Redbud Baptist Church and Daughters of American Revolution. She loved music and was an accomplished pianist, formerly serving as the pianist for Chapel at the Lutheran Home of West Texas and for the children’s chapel at Second Baptist Church. She also was a founding member of the Redbud Handbell Choir.

She was always an adventurer, enjoying snow skiing from the age of 50 to 85, achieving her goal of skiing with every one of her 8 grandchildren. She loved camping, travelling to visit family, studying her Bible, making comforters for her great grandchildren, baking chocolate cakes for every occasion, and always helping those less fortunate. Willie was a devoted wife and mother and was “Gommy” to her eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She loved cheering them on, no matter what the occasion. She was a woman of great faith, and she looked with great anticipation to the day she would be reunited with her beloved Rich.

She is survived by her daughter Julie Wyrick (partner Sharon Mooney) of Lubbock, daughter-in-law Diane Richards of Oklahoma City, son Phil Richards (Shelley) of Flower Mound; her grandchildren Todd Wyrick (Sarah) of Lubbock, Kelsey Howard (Jeff) of Oklahoma City, Jeff Wyrick (Erin) of Amarillo, Lindsey Crider (Caleb) of Richmond, VA, Jacey Godinez of Camas, WA, Allison Richards of Euless, Ashley Amerman (Josh) of Denton, and Andrew Richards of Flower Mound; great grandchildren Jonas and Meredith Crider; Parker, Peyton, Ellison and Grady Wyrick; Katie, David and Paige Howard, and Laura Mae Godinez. She is preceded in death by her husband, her son Scott David Richards, her parents Paul and Dovie Morey, and her sisters Viola Errett and Pauline Vineyard. Memorials can be sent to Dederick Christian Church, 15104 AA Hwy, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744.

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6 Condolence(s)
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The service for Willie couldn’t have been better. She would have loved it. Especial the great grandchildren singing Jesus Loves Me, such a sweet touch. Know I’m thinking of all of you in prayer and love, Geneva H. and thank you Julie for the 2002 Redbud directory, l will treasure it.

Marcia Kiser
Lubbock, TX
Monday, July 29, 2019

Willie was such a pleasure to visit with at DAR meetings. She always had a story to share. Her eyes always twinkled with her enjoyment and her love of life. I'm so blessed to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with Julie and her family. Love, Marcia

Vicki Havran
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, July 28, 2019

I hadn't heard that you lost your Mother, Julie. Thank you for posting on Facebook. It sounds as if she had a wonderful life filled with adventure. Hold your memories close. With love, an old friend, Vic Havran

Paige Hyde
Lubbock, TX
Friday, July 26, 2019

Julie, your sweet mom was such a delight. It was truly a joy to know her. You are your family will be in my prayers and thoughts. May sweet memories, hugs, and the love of friends and family bring you comfort and peace. Love you dearly!

Aaliyah Rendon
Idalou, TX
Friday, July 26, 2019

I only knew Willie for such a short amount of time, but in that little time I learned she was an amazing Woman, and it was such an honor to get to spend my time with her!
-Mackenzie Place.

Jan Alexander
Garland, TX
Friday, July 26, 2019

Heaven is truly alive celebrating this wonderful woman's homecoming. As the mother of her grandson, Jeff's, wife, Erin, I was always treated as family. Willie always took time to greet me and ask about my sons and my students. She loved to encourage me that I should find a good man to remarry. I knew she was not judging but rather wanting only the best for me. Willie gave my daughter the love that assured her she was theirs too, now. Willie is with her beloved Rich and for all eternity they will never be apart again. Thank you, Willie, for helping raise Jeff into the man my daughter would choose as her life's mate and for loving me as you loved everyone in a special way that none of us will ever forget. May God Comfort each of her family members with the assurance that Willie is busy baking Texas Chocolate Sheet Cakes in Heaven.