Elizabeth O'Connor Richard, died suddenly at her home in Rosedale, West Virginia on December 30.

Mrs. Richard was born at Derby, Connecticut on January 1, 1925, the daughter of James and Clara (Pepe) O'Connor. She married Leo F. Richard (died May 12, 1989) on June 8, 1963 and had two children, Rita Richard of Rosedale and Major Marcy Richard of Sandwich, Maryland. Leo and Betty resided in Clinton, Maryland for many years, and after Leo's retirement in Rockport, Maine. After leo's death, Betty moved to Rosedale, West Virginia where she lived with her daughter.

Betty graduated in the class of 1942 from Derby High School in Connecticut and then began a long and distinguished career as a nurse. After completing studies at Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, she enrolled at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she received a B.S.N., and at Yale University where she received an M.S.N. In 1950 she joined the Army Nurse Corps and spent two years in military service.

After leaving the Army, Betty was an active nurse in Connecticut, New York, Washington, DC and Maryland. She was a professor of nursing and taught at the University Connecticut, the University of Maine and Glenville State College in West Virginia. During her career, she served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Maine State board of Nursing and on the Maine State Advisory Boards for Health Occupations and cancer prevention. In West Virginia, Mrs. Richard served on the Unity Hospice Board of Directors. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Socety.

Betty was preceded in death by her sister Carol Ginnetti of East Haven, CT, and leaves her brother and sisters Kathleen Burgess of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Mary Cink and brother Miles O'Connor of Tequesta, FL. Her extended family includes two grandchildren, Rylan and Christian Richard of Sandwich, Maryland. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, Glenville, Saturday, January 4 at 11 a.m. Friends may call at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in the Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Augusta Maine beside her late husband, Leo.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue, Inc. at PO Box 535, Charleston, WV 25322.