Margot Fannie Richards of Sullivan, Missouri was born in Germany on June 17, 1926 to Max and Hedwig Reichenberg and passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at the age of 93 years.
Margot and her parents came to the United States from Germany in February 1937. Margot remembered that stormy boat ride well and shared this story, along with other memories of the Holocaust.
Margot’s family resided in St. Louis, Missouri for two years before moving to the country. They moved to Bourbon, Missouri in 1941 when Margot’s dad saw an ad for a farm in the newspaper. Her parents set up a milk operation that consisted of milking cows twice a day and then shipping the milk to St. Louis by truck daily, where it could then be distributed to different companies.
Margot attended Bourbon High School.
She graduated from Bourbon High School in 1944 and began her career as a payroll supervisor at International Shoe. She retired from there after 42 years of service and then started working as a door greeter at Walmart, where she worked for the next 11 years.
Margot married John Eugene “Gene” Richards on December 23, 1944 in Granite City, Illinois. They enjoyed going to dances on Saturday nights, where Gene played guitar with the “Ozark Ramblers” and Margot always accompanied him as she loved to dance and listen to them perform.
Margot loved her sweet dog, Foxy.
Her faith was always an important part of her life, as she attended the Congregation Temple Israel of Creve Coeur and then later became members of First United Methodist Church in Bourbon, Missouri.
She is survived by her very special friends, Harold and Dorothy Weiskopf and their girls, Tammy Watz and husband Dennis, Terry Brown and husband Jeff, Tanya Voss and husband Dave and Trina Biermann and husband Jim; their children and grandchildren.
Private services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor Alecia Fischer officiating.
Interment followed in the Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.
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