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Gladys Richards

September 25, 1926 — January 18, 2015

Gladys Anderson Richards, 88 of Loyall passed away Sunday Jan. 18, 2015 at Baptist Health, Lexington.

Mrs. Richards was the retired President of Richards Oil Company. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Harlan where she served as deacon and elder. She served her community in many capacities including, serving as President of the Harlan Woman’s Club, Board of Directors for the Harlan Chamber of Commerce, charter member of the Harlan High School Alumni Association, Harlan Independent Schools Education Foundation Board, the Advisory Board of the Harlan Co. CAA, and lifetime member of the Kentucky Congress of Parents and Teachers.

She was an accomplished cook and authored 3 cookbooks featuring Harlan County recipes for the Harlan Woman’s Club and Harlan Alumni Association. She was an avid reader and for the 50 years has donated much of her time to helping children who were having problems with their reading.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Carden Richards; her son, William Charles Richards; brothers, Robert J., Charles T., and Jack E. Anderson; sisters, Betty June Anderson Gibson and Myra Lynn Anderson; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Richards.

She is survived by her son, Robert D. Richards; grandsons, William Charles Richards II, William Carden Richards; granddaughters, Lindsey Ann Richards, Sarah Grace Kidnocker.

Graveside services will be conducted Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel at Resthaven Cemetery.  The Rev. Kyle Burnette will officiate the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Harlan, KY.

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