Veva Gardner Richards, age 84, of Milton, FL, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was born Jun 4, 1929 in San Francisco, CA to the late James Beck and Veva Knecht Beck.
Veva worked at Baptist Hospital as an LPN until her retirement. She volunteered at the Manna Food Kitchen and was a member of Nativity Catholic Church and the First United Methodist Church of Pace.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Johnnie B. Richards.
Survivors include eleven children, Mitchell (Carol) Gardner, Jan (Garry Mullins) Pressley, Randy (Michelle) Gardner, Pat (Teresa) Gardner, Tim (Dalen) Gardner, Dan (Mary) Gardner, Ann (Rick) Anderson, Karen (Robert) Hepworth, Sean (Casey ) Gardner, Shelia Mancuso and Nora Granaham; 41 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren; her sister, Marguerite (Leo) Emery; her brother, Nephi Beck; and lifelong friend, Brenda Mackie. Special thanks to her son and daughter-in-law, Tim & Dalen Gardner for taking care of our mom without hesitation and always with love.
A Funeral Mass will be Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Hillview Road, Pensacola, with Father Raymond Mullins and Associated Pastor Nancy Hammond officiating. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 1:15 PM. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kris Pressley, Mitchell Gardner, Kenny Pressley, Jeremy Levi, Patrick Gardner and Jackson Gardner. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Ray Richards, Bill Mackie and John Nader. The family will receive friends at National Cremation & Burial Society on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 6 until 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, those that desire to make a donation in Veva's memory please make it to the Paz Prado Fund at any Santa Rosa Credit Union Branch. This donation would be a selfless gift for Dalen Gardner's ailing mother and family, who lives in the Philippines that Veva, Johnnie, Dalen and Tim so faithfully support .
National Cremation & Burial Society of Milton has been entrusted with the arrangements.