Martha P. Richards nee Pipkin, age 98, loving wife of the late Dan H. Richards, left us in the late hours of April 4, 2008. She passed away peacefully at home after an extended illness with her niece and family at her bedside. Martha was born in 1909 on the family ranch in Nutrioso, AZ and watched Arizona develop from a Territory to its current growth status. She and her husband met in the Show Low area, were married in 1930, and enjoyed more than 56 years together before his passing 21 years ago. They lived in Phoenix in their current home since the early 1950’s. Martha attended BYU for 2 years and business school thereafter. She was primarily a homemaker but traveled periodically with husband Dan who was with the communications division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, responsible for the construction and maintenance of thousands of miles of telephone lines in the Western States. Martha had many hobbies and particularly enjoyed creating pottery objects. She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Parish and was also very active for many years in the Emblem Club. She is survived by nieces and nephews of Dan and herself. Martha asked that special thanks be expressed to her niece Louise and her husband Floyd, and their daughter Kelly for their love and support, and especially their daughter Cindy who provided full time home care-giving during her recent extended illness. Also important to Martha were Roland Nehring, a family friend of 45 years, who looked after Martha especially since the death of her husband Dan, and Tony Formichella who maintained her residence and provided weekly support for Martha for many years. A Graveside Burial Service will be held at Green Acres Memorial Gardens at Hayden and McKellips Roads, Scottsdale, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Dan at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 10th. In lieu of flowers, she requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.
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