Barbara L. Richards (nee Bazzell), 71, of Granite City, born Jan. 9, 1944, in Venice, died at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Gateway Regional Hospital, Granite City.
Mrs. Richards was a homemaker and loved to camp and have bonfires.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Alberta (nee Wise) Bazzell; sons, Melvin Gene Thomas and Freeman David Richards; granddaughters, Michelle Thomas; sisters, Sharon Yates and Laura Hidy; and brothers, Melvin G. Bazzell and Tommy Bazzell.
Surviving are her husband, David Richards, whom she married Aug. 11, 1984, in Granite City; son, John (Jackie) Thomas of Granite City; daughter, Loretta Hollenback of Granite City; stepchildren, Tommy David Richards of Barnhart, Mo., Kimberly Richards of Stover, Mo., Gordon Hoag of South Dakota and Lisa (Mark) Gerber of Quincy; sisters, Erica (Jack) Kellems of Madison and Betty Blake of Granite City; brothers, Marvin (Cindy) Bazzell of Granite City, Michael (Sharon) Bazzell of Granite City, Gary (Nancy) Bazzell of Granite City and James (Kathy) Hidy of St. James, Mo.; grandchildren, Raquel, Frank, David and Ashley Hollenback, Michael Whitford and Shana Raso; nine stepgrandchildren; and great-grandchildren, Rachel, Katie, Logan, Aliva, Valerie and David Ray.
Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Salvation Army.
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City.