Thelma Leah Yoak Richards, 95 - Buckhannon

Thelma Leah Yoak Richards, 95, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, formerly of Glenville, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at United Hospital, Clarksburg.

She was born at Apple Farm near Sand Ridge, Calhoun County, July 23, 1911 a daughter of the late Loyd and Mary Adams Yoak. On September 10, 1932, she married Graydon Mack Richards in Gilmer County. He preceded her in death July 26, 2001.

She is survived by four sons, Dr. Graydon Edward and wife Patricia of Marshall, MO, Eugene Carl of Ravenswood; Harold and wife Faye of Spencer, Herbert Charles and wife Mary Ann of New Haven; two daughters, Mary Ann (Mrs. Stephen) Bishop of Cool Ridge and Kathryn Lea (Mrs. Richard) Black of Buckhannon; 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson.

She is also survived by two brothers, Bernard and Victor Yoak both of Ripley.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three sisters, Wilma Hersman, Etna Altizer and Ruth Hardman; and two brothers, Lloyd, Jr. and Vere Yoak.

Except for her early years in Calhoun County and a 17 year stay in Roane County, she spent almost her entire life in Gilmer County. Since 2004 she has resided with her daughter Kathryn Black in Buckhannon. She was an active member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church at Glenville and the Gilmer County Senior Citizens where she served as a reader to residents at the local nursing home. Except for a brief stint as cook at Glenville State College, she was a homemaker all her life. She was noted as a good cook, seamstress and quilt maker. She cooked for the elementary school hot lunch program at both Shock in Gilmer County and Morning Star in Roane County. She also worked at the Conrad Hotel in Glenville, and was a caring babysitter for several years.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at the Otterbein UM Church at Glenville. Rev. Hugh Murphy will officiate. Interment will be in the Meadows Cemetery at Normantown.

Friends may call at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the services Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gilmer County Senior Citizens.