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GENEVA - RICHARDS
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Geneva Richards, 90, passed away peacefully in Fair Oaks, California on Monday, January 8, 2018. She was born in Bozeman, Montana on February 2, 1927, the second daughter born to Halbe and Esther (Kraai) Oldenburger. Geneva was raised on her parent’s farm in Manhattan, Montana near Bozeman and graduated from Gallatin County High School with the class of 1947. After working for several years at JC Penney in Bozeman, Geneva attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1953. While attending Multnomah, Geneva met her future husband Marshall Richards. Geneva and Marshall were married on March 15, 1955 in Bozeman. They moved to Orangevale, California in early 1960 to escape the cold, snowy Montana winters and to be near her brother Ken and his family. There, they raised their two children, Janis and James.
Geneva worked in the Payroll Department at McClellan Air Force Base for 20 years until her retirement in 1987. After her retirement, she and Marshall spent time travelling with friends in their travel trailer, and also ventured on their only cruise to Alaska. In 1991 she began working again and worked part-time for the next five years in elementary school cafeterias for the Folsom Cordova School District. Geneva enjoyed camping, spending time with her family and friends, baseball (go A’s!), and loved being outside working in the vegetable garden with Marshall or tending to her beautiful roses in her rose garden. Several years after Marshall passed away Geneva was diagnosed with mild dementia and in 2012 had to move out of the home that she and Marshall had built and lived in since 1963. Geneva was a true woman of God, devoted to her faith and to her family at Redeemer Covenant Church where she and Marshall had been members since moving to Orangevale.
Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, Halbe and Esther; her husband, Marshall; her older sister Irene; and her younger brother, Kenneth. She is survived by her children, Janis Richards of Sacramento, CA and James Richards of Orangevale, CA; her sister Irene (Robert) Border of Bozeman, MT; sister-in-law Avis Oldenburger of Mt Vernon, WA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Our family would especially like to thank the caregivers at Senior Garden Residential Care Home for the love and compassion they have shown in taking care of ‘Mama G’ during the past four and a half years.
A private family graveside service is planned at Lakeside Memorial Lawn in Folsom, CA on Friday, January 19, 2018.

A memorial service for Geneva will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Redeemer Covenant Church, 6800 Main Avenue, Orangevale, CA, 95662.


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