Blanche Shatwell Richards

November 26, 2015
Blanche Shatwell Richards

Blanche Shatwell Richards of Hendersonville died Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at LifeCare Center. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, she was a daughter of the late George and Blanche Kelsey Shatwell. A longtime resident of Long Island, NY she retired to Hendersonville in June 1973 with her husband Charles W. Richards, who died in 1993. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Shatwell.

Blanche was a founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Mills River and was previously a member of St. James Church in Hendersonville.

Surviving are her three children, C. Timothy Richards and wife Mary Ann of Fairview; Priscilla R. DeSaro and husband Vincent of Islandia, NY and Melissa R. Bailes and husband James of Hendersonville; as well as three grandchildren,x Parker, Charlotte and Sam Luke Bailes of Hendersonville.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 12 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Mills River. The Rev. Robert Lundquist and The Rev. H. Alexander Viola will officiate. Interment will take place in the Holy Family Memorial Garden at sunset on December 12.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family or The Episcopal Diocese of WNC Camp Henry www.tmcfunding.com.


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  • December 10, 2015
    Michele burnette lit a candle:
    Lit since December 10, 2015 at 12:56:04 AM

  • December 10, 2015
    Sue Reed nee Sommerrock says:
    Thinking of you all at this time of loss and eventual peace, knowing the blessings our Savior for all.

  • December 12, 2015
    Diane Carter says:
    Thankful for the time spent with Blanche, her love of flowers and the tenderness this brought forth and the joy that shown both in her eyes and a smile that lit up the room. Thankful also for Melissa and her over abundant love for her mom, dispite the trials she was put through, she never gave up. Grateful for her husband and children who watched over Blanche and supported Melissa. Grateful for familys love of God and helping Blanche to see what she had forgotten...Amen

  • December 28, 2015
    marsha says:
    Richards Family I want to express my sincere condolences on your loss. At times like these the scriptures are a great source of comfort, especially the scriptures found at Acts 24:15 along with Ps 37:29. May God continue to be with your family.