Marjoe Ann Richards
Last updated 7/19/2023 at 10:25am
Marjoe Ann Richards, 84, gained her heavenly independence on July 4, 2023, in Tahlequah, OK. She was born September 22, 1938, in Hollywood, CA the daughter of Richard Lee Webb and Helen Louise (Barber) Webb.
Marjoe graduated from Boulder High School in Boulder, CO in 1956. She attended the University of Colorado on a full scholarship to the School of Music for playing the harp and was also blessed with the gift of perfect pitch.
Marjoe's childhood was spent in Oceanside, CA until she moved to Boulder, CO in 1955. Marjoe worked at several places in Boulder (many remember her from the Hungry Farmer) as well as raising her 5 children there. Marjoe moved to Grand Coulee, WA in 1977. In WA she worked as a data entry clerk/librarian for the Grand Coulee Dam as an employee of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation until her retirement.
The fraternal order of Masonry was a major part of her life following the path of many family members. She was THE FIRST Honored Queen of Job's Daughters Bethel 26, Boulder, CO. Marjoe was a loyal member 0f the Order of Eastern Star (OES) a passion she shared with her husband of over 50 years Ronald Channing Richards, whom she lost in 2021. She served many roles in her local Chapter Grand Coulee Dam #237 Grand Coulee, WA including Worthy Matron, twice! She served at the state level in many offices which culminated in her being Worthy Grand Matron for WA state in 2007-2008.
Marjoe had an extremely artistic spirit beyond her love of music. To say she loved crafting would be quite the understatement! She enjoyed knitting, crochet, ceramics, cross stitch and plastic canvas. Many of her family and friends have her lovely hand made gifts as she shared them with all... especially her OES brothers and sisters.
Marjoe was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Frank Lewis III and grandson Elliott Lewis. She is survived by her daughters Lereen (Orville) Neugin, Tahlequah, OK; Tami (Dirk) Sauerwein, Keller, TX; Audrey (Robert) Lewis-Cook, Couer d'Alene, ID; her son R. Chan (Caroline) Ulricksen-Richards, Wasilla, AK; two sisters Kathy Ennis, Sanger, TX and Sue Opp, Tacoma, WA; 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A service is scheduled for September 22, 2023, at 2:30pm at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery in Ft. Gibson, OK where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Ron. Those who wish to remember her please donate to her favorite charity Fisher House, an organization that helps military families during times of medical crisis. connect.fisherhouse.org.