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Doris D. Richards

Doris D. (Desroche) Richards, 99, of Sterling, formerly of Gardner, died peacefully, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Sterling Village, Sterling, after an illness.

Born in Standish, Maine on December 10, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Pius and Alice (Boudreau) Desroche. Doris was a Gift Shop Clerk employed by the Olde Mill of Westminster for 25-years until her retirement in 2008. She was previously the owner and operator of LA&D Lunch and Variety in Gardner for several years.

Doris was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish/ Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner where she was a former member of its Ladies of St. Anne Society. She was a former member of the Emblem Club. She enjoyed playing BINGO, going to Foxwoods, travelling, watching television, playing word games and working on jigsaw puzzles. Doris loved her family and cherished all the times spent with them.

Doris is survived by her two daughters, Suzanne T. Roy, and Judith R. Richards; two sons, Paul R. Richards and his wife Kathleen, and Philip P. Richards and his wife Deborah; seven grandchildren, Timothy Roy and his wife Danielle, Stephanie Lamprey and her husband Jed, Jamie Richards, Thomas Roy and his wife Leanne, Alison Dickson and her husband Christopher, Elizabeth Stagnone and her husband Matthew and Kaitlyn Lucier; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48-years, Leo A. Richards, who died in 1995; four sisters, Theresa Desroche, Alice Thibeault, Marie Eliason and Rita Berube.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heywood Commons for the compassionate care of Doris during the 8 years that she was a resident.  Also, the family would like to thank the staff at Sterling Village for their support and care of their Mother during a very difficult time, including the professional staff from Trinity Hospice Care. 

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 18, 2021, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA.

A Calling Hour will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Annunciation Parish, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Please reference in memory of Doris D. Richards.

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At this sad time, we want you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Doris was a wonderful, fun loving lady!
With our deepest sympathy,
Teresa Theriault and Mary Tourigny

Mary Tourigny Apr 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Sue, Paul, Judy & Philip,
We are very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a beautiful person, kind, and loving. We share special memories with your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gerry & Marie Lajoie

Garry & Marie Lajoie Apr 2 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. I so enjoyed working with her at the Gift Shop for all those years! She was a very thoughtful person, funny, friendly, and a hard worker. I will treasure those memories forever.

Sue & Eddie Nasiatka Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

Judy and family, sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I have many great memories of chatting with your Mom before going out with our friends in High School. May your Mother rest in eternal peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary (Woodcome) Kulis Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

Judy & Family,
So Sorry to hear of your Mom`s passing.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Ron & Jeanne Lucier

Jeanne Lucier Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to you all! She was a wonderful lady...I have many fond memories of her from my childhood

Jessica Dymek Lutz Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences. I am sorry for your loss. I was too young to remember Doris but my Pepere & Memere had such nice things to say about her. She is now resting with her nephew Paul R. LeBlanc. May they rest in eternal peace. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie LeBlanc Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

Aunt Doris will be greatly missed. She was the most kindest lady I have ever met. She is my great aunt my father Paul loved her and always spoke highly of her. My father Paul passed away recently and Im sure he will be happy to see her again. No matter how many years passed she always said hello and carried on like we just spoke yesterday! I recently watched a video of my fathers 50th birthday on day she passed and there she was hugging and kissing my dad on the cheek in the video with my aunt Jeanette. Almost as if telling me that they have met again on the other side. My deepest condolences from our entire family Lucy, Sandra, Paul jr., Jimmy, Katelyn, Stephanie and Joshua. May she rest easy and be in gods heavenly embrace.

Sandra Leblanc Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

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