2016-04-21 / Obituaries

Cathy J. Richards

McConnellsburg, 56

Cathy J. Richards, 56, Mc- Connellsburg, died Saturday, April 16, 2016, at her home with her friends and family by her side.

She was born September 13, 1959, in Mc- Connellsburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Harold B. Richards and Anna M. (Waugh) Richards, McConnellsburg.

She graduated from Mc- Connellsburg High School in 1977 and from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education. From a young age, music was an important part of her life. She played in the marching band in high school, she later gave private piano lessons for over 35 years. She was also affluent in the flute, the clarinet and the organ.

She was employed by Central Fulton School District as the elementary music instructor from 1982 until 2016, during that time she was named the Teacher of the Year through Shippensburg University in 2013. She was truly devoted to the children in school; she participated in the chorus, the yearly musicals, show choir, song fest, the morning announcements and the elementary band. She nurtured and provided assistance in any way she could to get children to love music.

She is survived by one daughter, Ashley Kruge, Mc- Connellsburg; her mother, Anna M. (Waugh) Richards, McConnellsburg; one sister, Lynn Lanehart, McConnellsburg; and two brothers: Tom Richards, McConnellsburg, and Jeff Richards, McConnellsburg; her BFF, Bonnie Miller, McConnellsburg; and several nieces and nephews and many friends too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold B. Richards; and one sister, Jo Ellen Richards.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Mc- Connellsburg High School Auditorium, McConnellsburg. There will be visitation from 3 p.m until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the auditorium. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Cathy J. Richards Music Scholarship Fund, BB&T Bank, 101 Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. The family has entrusted Cathy’s care to Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Mc- Connellsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com.

Return to top