DIXON – Deborah Richards, 62, of Dixon, formerly of Athens, Illinois, died peacefully after a long illness Monday, May 26, 2014, at her home, with her family at her side. While living in Athens, she had worked at St. John Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Springfield. Locally, she worked in the deli at Dixon Red Fox.
She was born Jan. 4, 1952, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Gene and Betty (Grams) LeVitre. Deborah graduated in 1970 from Springfield Southeast High School. She married Ernie Richards on May 12, 1973, in Springfield. Deborah was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. She was involved in prison ministry and belonged to the Petunia City Quilters. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Survivors include her husband, Ernie, and two sons, Matthew (Laura) Richards and Nathan Richards, all of Dixon; her parents, Jean and Betty LeVitre; three brothers, Lonnie (Margaret) LeVitre and Mark LeVitre, both of Minneapolis, and Jon (Juli) LeVitre of Washington; one sister, JoEllen LeVitre, of Minneapolis; two grandsons, and the loves of her life, Quade and Quinn Richards; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m., Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernie Sehr, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Granny Rose Animal Shelter.
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