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Updated: 04/07/2014 02:50:04PM

Esther Richards

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Esther Richards, 90, of North Port, Fla., passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

She was born in Motherwell, Scotland to Arthur and Minnie Cooper, July 2, 1923.

Esther attended Wishaw Academy, and went on to serve Britain during World War II by volunteering in the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI). While in the NAAFI, she met her future husband, Fred Richards (an airman in the Royal Air Force), married after the war, and returned with him to his native Jamaica where they raised their children, Sandra, John and Anne. Esther moved to New York in the 1970s, until retiring to Southwest Florida in 1988, joined by Anne, and Sandra and her children Yolanda, John David and Marlee.

Esther is survived by her children, John and Anne; daughter-in-law, Hilda; grandchildren, Yolanda, John David, Marlee and Duncan; great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Alexandra; and several cousins and in-laws. She was preceded in death by daughter, Sandra; her parents; and brother, Joseph Cooper.

A celebration of Esther’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at South Biscayne Church. The family invites participants to wear colors, particularly purple, Esther’s favorite. Dr. John Cross, Pastor will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Esther’s name to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr., Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850, or South Biscayne Church, 13000 So. Tamiami Tr., North Port, FL 34287.

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