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June 11, 1929 – September 28, 2021

Joyce Richards, 92 years old, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 at the Mountain Ridge Care Center of natural causes. She was born on June 11, 1929 in Ogden, Utah, to Lawrence Nelson Watts and Madge Abigail Burch. After the death of her parents, she grew up with her grandparents Sue and Ted Burch. She graduated from Ogden High School and then received a BS in Education from the University of Utah.

Joyce married Winn Richards on March 16, 1950 in the Salt Lake City Temple, and they raised four sons and had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

She has taught elementary schools in the Salt Lake School District and in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a member of the Junior League of Ogden, served on the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America at Lake Bonneville Council, and chaired the BSA Mount Ogden District. She was elected to the State Board of Education Committee, chaired the Legislative Committee of the Utah Medical Association Alliance, and was President of the Weber Medical Society Alliance. In the LDS Church, she served as a Primary president and served in ward and stake Relief Society presidency. She was a passionate nature lover and went on many camping trips with her family. She and Winn loved to travel and visited countries on every continent in the course of their lives.

Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves behind her sons JB (Karen), Randy (Tammy), Brad (Cristina) and Scott (Tina), 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, the family will ask for a donation to their preferred charity.

A funeral service for family and close friends will be held at Lindquist Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., on October 2, 2021. Services entrusted to Lindquists Ogden Mortuary.

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