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Beatrice E. (Grant) Richards

Beatrice E. (Grant) Richards, 83, of Beverly, loving wife of William H. Richards, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage, died Wednesday morning, February 22, 2012  at Beverly Hospital.

Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Beatrice (Robinson) Grant.  Mrs. Richards was a long time employee of Brooks and Rite Aid drug stores in Beverly and Ipswich.  She retired at the age of eighty after  many years of service.  She enjoyed numerous motorcycle trips with her husband Bill cross country and to New Hampshire and Canada.  Mrs. Richards was known for her quiet strength, kindness, and true love of living.

She is survived by four children, William H. Richards, Jr. and his partner, Mary Ellen Nichols, of Beverly, John R. Richards and his wife Mabeth of Beverly, Allen G. Richards, and Carol Morris of Peabody; one step-daughter, Karen Dennis and her husband Larry of Nottingham, NH; one brother, Walter Grant and his wife Lucette of Bradenton, FL; one sister, Helen Packard of Norwood, MA; five grandchildren, Amanda Richards of Beverly, Jennifer dos Santos of Danvers, Tiffany, Heather and Brandi-lyn Morris of Peabody; and three great-grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her brother Howard Grant and grandson Brian D. Richards.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in may be made in Bea’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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