AMBOY – Mavella Richard, 83, of Amboy, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at her home. She was a supervisor at BorgWarner in Dixon for 25 years, before her retirement in 1997.
Mavella was born Feb. 20, 1930, in Water Valley, Ky., the daughter of Lonie and Esther (Johnson) Allen. She married George E. Richard on April 13, 1946, in Kentucky. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1997. Mavella enjoyed her family, gardening, and traveling the world, especially Europe.
Survivors include her significant other, Don Wittenauer of Amboy; three sons, Eugene (Ruby) Richard of Lebanon, Tenn., and Terry Richard and Rick (Deb) Richard, both of Dixon; three daughters, Neva Zentz and Pam (Dan) Whipple, both of Dixon, and Kim (Kevin) Newburgh of Rock Falls; one brother, Renual (Louise) Allen of Union City, Tenn; one sister, Mable Ray of Murray, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, Todd (Sharon) Richard of Phoenix, Mark (Jodi) Richard of Hawthorne Woods, Scott (Tammy Nantz) Zentz, Angela Madden, Jennifer (A.J. Jenson) Madden, Brandi (Jon) Willey, Tony (Samara Russell) Aldridge, and Justin (Kassidy Turner) Aldridge, all of Dixon, Jacob Richard of Chicago, and Elizabeth Newburgh and Lucas Newburgh, both of Rock Falls; 13 great-grandchildren, Ashely Zentz, Anna Zentz, Angelica Brockman, Alexus Jenson, Gavin Jenson, Cooper Willey, Owen Willey, Addie Willey, and Brooklynn Aldridge, all of Dixon, Ryan (Heather) Richard of Hudson, Iowa, Daniel (Myranda) Richard of Waterloo, Iowa, and Zachary Richard and Max Richard, both of Hawthorne Woods; four great-great-grandchildren, Owen Brockman of Dixon, Reagan Richard and Edward Richard, both of Hudson, Iowa, and Riley Richard of Waterloo, Iowa; Don’s sons, Scott (Amy) Wittenauer of Amboy and Steve (Wendy) Wittenauer of Copley, Ohio; Don’s grandchildren, Emily (Terry) Lester of Franklin Grove, Amanda (Matt) Walter of Amboy, Bethany (Collin) O’Connell of Chatum, Melisa (Mike Hardy) Shuttleworth of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mehgan LaGro of Pottstown, Pa.; and Don’s great-grandchildren, Isaiah Lester of Missouri, Aaron Lester and Noah Lester, both of Franklin Grove, Everett Walter of Amboy, and Kaeden Hardy of Virginia Beach.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Royce Allen and William Allen; one sister, Kathine Allen; a granddaughter in infancy, Alicia Aldridge; and Don’s granddaughter in infancy, Lauren Wittenauer.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Northside Baptist Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, and the Rev. Charles Jeanblanc, pastor of First United Church of Christ in Amboy, co-officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.
A memorial has been established to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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