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Carol Jo Richards

Carol Jo Richards passed away Thursday, December 2,2021 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ottawa.

Carol Jo was born Tuesday, April 29,1941 to Oliver and Laura Richards. Welcoming her home were her brothers Thurlow ,Irl and sister Elizabeth Jepsen.
Carol Jo attended Grant School and enjoyed many adventures with the neighborhood children. She fondly stated that they were all from the “wrong side of the tracks” where the fun kids hung out. .She graduated from Streator High School in 1959 which she had completed with the persistent push from her mother. After graduation she chose to go into the workforce that she had already begun while in school. She had worked at Thatcher’s, Owens and Borg Warner. She completed 2 years of coursework at IVCC, to better her position with the company that she was with for 45 years and retired as a Supervisor.
Carol Jo always enjoyed life,spending time with wonderful friends and family was something she never missed an opportunity to do. She enjoyed the little things like a fresh cut,well manicured lawn, a ride in her truck, a beverage or two,a meal, whether it be in a restaurant for breakfast or dinner and making a home cooked meal to share with others.
Carol Jo never knew a stranger. She would welcome them in her life and embrace the moment with a “Hello there,Kiddo”.
Carol Jo was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, Moose Lodge and past member of the Elks Lodge where she served in many chairs and volunteered her time to various events.
Carol Jo leaves behind her very dear friend Marcia Amell along with her children and grandchildren which she loved as her own. As well as her beloved dog, Rilee.
A special niece Darlene Buchanan and nephews Larry (Pat) Richards, Jim Jepsen and Gary (Camille) Jepsen.
Jody Sohm who was a son to her in many ways.
Many Nieces and Nephews with Great Nieces and Great Nephews that were touched one way or another by her.
Per Carol Jo’s wishes, cremation will be accorded without services.
As in life and even until the very end, she did it her way and on her terms even as far as writing her own obituary.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Rest in Peace my Friend, Love always and forever

valerie glenn Dec 20 2021 4:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carol Richards

Lynn Staver Dec 8 2021 4:49 PM

You are loved by all who had the pleasure and honor of being your friend. You made me feel welcome from my first day at BWD! You could do anything! You were always there for all of us.
We loved you dearly. And we know you are in heaven riding the coolest motorcycle ever. Rest in peace my dear friend. You deserve it

Linda Cokley Dec 7 2021 11:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carol Richards

Roxanne Trainor Dec 7 2021 5:39 PM


RAE Dec 7 2021 12:38 PM

I hope my sister met her at the gate and handed her a tomato. How she loved home grown tomatoes! She was a special person!

Marcia O'Neal Dec 5 2021 9:19 PM

Carol will be so missed by anyone who knew her. All of us at Dr. Pal's office want to extend our sincere sympathies to Marcia and all family members. God Bless Carol Jo🙏🏻💖🙏🏻

Lori sweeden Dec 4 2021 7:23 PM

Carol is not gone she will always be here with us . Good friends like her never leave us just wait for us to join her as she watches over us

Jim Martin Dec 4 2021 1:10 PM

I always will remember our trips to kfc and our sleep overs watching George of the jungle when I was just a little one. I will never forget how you poured so much love into me, how much you taught me to care for others, how to treat others, and how to be a great person at such an early age. Although my mistakes were plentiful you were always there to reassure me that they are mistakes are only bad if you don't learn from them, a lesson I hold close to my heart every single day. I am forever grateful that I had you in my life and for all the lessons you taught me along the way, lessons that I have been so fortunate to pass along to others as well and change their lives as you have changed mine.
I will miss you more than you could ever imagine, I love you so much grandma 🙏
Now enjoy heaven because we all know that you absolutely deserve the best 🙏

Taylor Fleming Dec 4 2021 12:07 PM

I will miss you my friend...you have always been there for me and mine. I know we have an Angel in heaven still watching over us always! Until we meet again....you're in my heart!

Sandi Dec 4 2021 9:21 AM

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