Elda Jean Richards


DIGHTON — Elda Jean Rosalind Tillberg Richards, 70, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Hays Medical Center in Hays.

DIGHTON — Elda Jean Rosalind Tillberg Richards, 70, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Hays Medical Center in Hays.

She was born May 13, 1943, in Salina, to Gustaf Lawrence and Vivian Rosalind Alfreda Johnson Tillberg. She attended elementary school at Hedville and graduated from Salina High School in 1961. She attended Fort Hays State University, where she received her elementary education degree in 1965.

On June 12, 1966, she married Howard E. Richards in Salina.

Mrs. Richards taught fourth grade at Morgan Elementary School in Hutchinson for one year and taught two years in Ellis. She and her husband opened Howard's Electronics in Hays in 1976. In 1981 they moved to Dighton to farm and she also substituted at the schools and worked as a para. She was active in her community by being involved in her church teaching Sunday school and other activities, serving as a 4-H cooking leader and helping with other community events. She enjoyed cooking and especially enjoyed attending as many of her grandchildren's activities as she could.

Survivors include her husband, Howard E. Richards of the home; two daughters, Lori Salmans and her husband Blaine of Hoxie, and Lynette Bowker and her husband Cass of Mabank, Texas; a son, John Richards and his wife Jennifer of Hummelstown, Pa.; five brothers, Arnold and Gordon Tillberg, both of Salina, Eldon Tillberg of Smolan, Vernon Tillberg of Phoenix, and Leland Tillberg of Newton; a sister, Vivian McCulley of Monroe, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Dighton. Burial will be at Dighton Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Boomhower Funeral Home, Dighton. Condolences may be emailed to garnandfh@sbcglobal.net. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home, Box 891, Dighton, KS 67839.

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