It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Maida G. Richards on January 7, 2024.
Born in Boston, MA, on August 24, 1941, Maida spent her early years in Warwick, MA caring for her parents. Her caring nature was not limited to her family but extended to her community. This was evident when she later worked for the rectory at Saint Mary's Church in Orange. Her dedication and selflessness were recognized by Father Ferguson, who offered to fund her nursing education when she was uncertain of her path. Maida embraced this opportunity and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, an occupation she held with pride and dignity. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Maida found herself in service, and her life was a testament to this principle.
Maida was accepted into the Thompson School For Practical Nurses in March of 1977 and received her license on April 18th, 1978. She dedicated her professional life to the healthcare sector and worked at Athol Memorial Hospital and Quabbin Valley Health Center until her retirement in 2005. She was not just a nurse; she was a beacon of hope and comfort to many of her patients. In her personal life, Maida found love with Wilfred Richards, a widower with four children, and they were married on November 24th, 1979. In Maida, Wilfred found not just a partner, but also a compassionate mother for his children. Together, they loved to socialize, even dipping their toes into square dancing.
In her later years, Maida embraced the joy of small pleasures. She was a devout Catholic and an active member of Saint Mary's Women's Club. She loved scenic drives and indulged in her love for ice cream, a treat she never failed to enjoy. Maida is predeceased by her husband Wilfred, stepdaughter Jeannette McIntosh, stepson John Richards, granddaughter Jessica McIntosh, and great-granddaughter Reese. She is survived by her stepsons, William and David Richards, and their spouses, five grandchildren, their spouses, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Maida lived a life of service, love, and dedication. She was a warm soul who touched many lives, and she will be deeply missed. As we remember Maida, we are reminded of a quote by Emily Dickinson, "Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." Maida's love and spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched.
Calling hours for Maida will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Fiske Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Road, Orange, MA 01364.
Her funeral will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 19 Congress Street, Orange, MA 01364, burial will follow in the South Cemetery, Orange, MA.
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Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, Funeral Directors.