Beulah Mae Richards of Pottstown, Pa., passed away December 17, 2020, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Robert, and Eileen Wade.
Born September 1, 1923, at home in Boyertown, Pa., to Beulah and Edwin Nester.
Beulah married Carroll E. Richards in October 1946 and had 2 children together, Carroll E. Richards, Jr., (Chip) and Eileen Guest Wade (nee Richards). Surviving her are her daughter and son-in-law Eileen and Robert Wade, her grandchildren, Nathaniel Guest and Adrian Alderfer and her step grandson, John Wade. She was predeceased by our beloved Chip.
Known to her family as Meme, Beulah was a beloved mother and grandmother. She epitomized the strength of women of her generation, surviving the Great Depression, a World War, and several pandemics which claimed the lives of her father and baby sister. Despite the tragedy she had experienced in her life, or perhaps because of it, she worked tirelessly in fierce defense and active support of those she loved, setting a worthy if difficult-to-emulate standard.
Though she lacked vision in one eye from birth and, for the last decade of her life, was nearly entirely blind and deaf, Meme retained a powerful connection to the lives and concerns of her family until the day she died. She was uniquely perceptive and intuitive, characteristics which seemed to become more profound as she aged even in spite of her hearing and vision loss.
She was a person of deep and abiding faith and regarded with warm anticipation the prospect of re-joining upon her death those who had passed before her.
Her family gathered for a private gravesite service on December 23 to share in honor and remembrance the profound impact that Beulah had on their lives. Though she lived to age 97, it is a testament to a life well-lived and full of love that even such a well-earned departure feels much too soon.
If so inclined, a donation in memory of Beulah can be made to Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, 100 S. Chestnut Street, Boyertown, PA 19512.