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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Andrea Beth Richards

September 25, 1981August 7, 2019
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Andrea Beth Richards, 37, passed away on August 7, 2019.

Born on September 25, 1981 in Nashville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Robert P. Richards and Vera Dunlap Richards. She attended St. Ann Catholic School, Charlotte Catholic High School class of 1999 and Central Piedmont Community College where she studied Culinary Arts.

Andrea had a passion for caring for the homeless, designing and making jewelry, and writing song lyrics. She also had a passion as a barista and once had aspirations of opening a coffee shop.

She is survived by her parents Bob and Vera Richards of Charlotte; her sister Alecia Hogan of Charlotte; her brother Paul Richards and his wife Stephanie of Charlotte; and her nieces and nephew Leia Richards, Isabella Hogan, and Pierce Hogan all of Charlotte; her paternal grandmother Betty Richards of Bolivar, Missouri; and last but not least, her beloved 17 year old dog, Jack.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Men’s and Women’s Homeless Shelters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Visitation will be at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5 - 7 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Day Chapel, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28277 on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1 pm.

Burial will follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, 3700 Forest Lawn Rd., Matthews, NC 28104.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 16, 2019

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Barry & Kathleen Duppstadt

August 14, 2019

Please know how very sorry we are for your loss. Andrea was taken much too soon. Our thoughts and hearts are with the Richards Family. Wishing all the comfort of God's healing.

Lara Kochaniec (Spicer)

August 12, 2019

I hadn’t known Andrea for very long when one day, I walked in to the Carolina Trim office and she handed me a pair of brown and red strappy heels. Prada heels. Apparently they were too small for her and she thought they would be perfect for me. Prada shoes. I had never owned anything close to their worth. Putting those shoes on made me feel like I could do anything. At the time, in my early twenties, no college degree, I had just entered the corporate sales world. This gift, unknown to Andrea, set a whole world of new goals for me. I sold my butt off and bought a matching purse. The most expensive purchase I have ever made. But so worth it! Thanks to Andrea, and the Richards family, for being mentors, advisors, and role models for me at a young age in a hectic business world. Andrea, I’m sure you never knew the impact you had. But it spread so so far.

Barbara Yaeger

August 11, 2019

Andrea, I have had to absorb our loss to be able to put into words how I feel. I’m still not ready and don’t know if I ever will be. Where do I begin.. at 18 months you were a beautiful baby that grew into a beautiful young lady with style & talent. I still chuckle remembering you in the beginning of elementary school making me hunt for you after school , day after day, as you hid so you could eat your snacks and not have Alecia, Paul, & Matt make you share. You always were a bundle of energy and I enjoyed the times you stayed with your “other mother”. You were like a big sister to Meredith and I can still remember taking you girls to get your hair & nails done for the first time with your mom. You had so much talent and your culinary skills were so impressive (especially since I hated Home Economics). It was just 2 weeks ago when we chatted on the phone about our mutual appreciation of OGGI and laughed about running into each other there way more than we should admit. You always looked “dressed to the nines” when you were there . I promised you I would check something out for you next time I went, and you didn’t give me time. Andrea, you always knew how much I loved your mom and you always cheered us on and shared our warped sense of humor. Since you have been gone, I hope you have laughed at our jokes that very few people , except you & Meredith , would ever get. It’s so hard & sad to say goodbye so I won’t do it. Please promise to visit and turn my lights on & off. You know what I am talking about and shared that chuckle plenty. You are loved Andrea by many. I will miss your voice..... but I am not saying goodbye.

Stephanie Richards

August 11, 2019

I met Andrea twelve years ago when I was invited to her jewelry party at Alecia’s house. At this time, I was barely dating Paul and very nervous at already meeting his mother and sisters. One thing that stood out to me when I was first introduced to Andrea was how much she commanded a room. She stood out, not only because she towered over me as I am much shorter than her, but because her overall presence was something that you just had to look at. She had a welcoming smile and style that was so unique to her that only she could look fabulous doing it. Over the years, Andrea was always very giving and very detailed as her gifts to me and Leia were always centered around our current interests. I remember many Christmas’ where I would watch Leia and Isabella in delight as they opened up Aunt Andie’s gifts that usually involved some sort of beauty product. Andrea loved to dress up and she was not shy about wearing her red lipstick or highest of heels to feel as pretty as she looked. I will forever miss these outfits and the little details she would put into them. Lastly, I will always cherish how welcoming Andrea was to my parents whenever they were in town. Always sparking up conversation with them and showing interest in how they were doing. Andrea, you were taken too soon. I pray that you rest in peace.

Betty Richards

August 11, 2019

I miss my beautiful, sweet granddaughter.
My favorite memory of Andrea was when she was about 11 or 12 years old.
She wanted to french braid my hair and I said sure, go ahead.
She was interested in hair styling and makeup.
She did a beautiful job. We both had fun doing it.
I loved her then and I love her now.
I will always love her.
Grandma

Sean Robertson

August 11, 2019

I didn't know Andrea very well, but she was the kind of soul that you didn't have to be long-acquainted, yet you just knew she was unique. She was bright, beautiful and exemplified the phrase, "full of life," because you could just look and see how she brought out a special light to so many faces around her. I know she will enjoy eternal rest and is in a much better place, but I grieve that her loved ones are denied her company right now. You have my deepest condolences.

Julia Nelson

August 11, 2019

I have struggled putting into words . . . there are no words that will make this better for you, Bob, Alecia, Paul, Steph, the grandkids, all of the cousins, uncles, and aunts, and all of Andrea's friends and family. I do have some great memories, beginning when she was a toddler at your mom's funeral. She had messed her diaper, and I was at the time childless, and in a panic thinking about what I was going to have to do. Ramona Arce saved the day, she laughed at me and took Andrea to change her. The next distinct memory is when you all came home for the cemetery crawl. There she was, absolutely gorgeous and smart. She loved you so much, I remember her sitting on your lap at one point on the bus. After my dad passed I came to see you, she was there, my early morning swim partner. Most recently Andrea and I shared some FB postings, just like you she loved the animal videos. We always expressed our love for each other. We had some great conversations over the phone. She always let me know how much she loved you and Bob. She was so proud of both of you, and to be your daughter. She was proud of her heritage, all of the stories and traditions you shared with her. I love you all and I miss your beautiful, thoughtful, love filled daughter. I know in my heart Andrea Beth is still in good hands. She is surrounded in the love of those that have gone before her.

Marilyn O’Regan

August 11, 2019

Don’t know if you remember us from Wessex Square - St. Ann’s ...
I heard about your tragic loss during Mass this morning. The entire O’Regan family holds you in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.
Marilyn O’Regan

Christie Eastwood Shepherd

August 11, 2019

Wow! This is shocking and sad. We went to CCHS together a few years apart and while we weren't friends then we became friends a few years ago and I was humbled by some things she told me she was going through. She was a blessing to my family a few years ago when we fell on hard times and I'll never forget her kindness, generosity and words of encouragement. She certainly will be missed!!!!

Mary Kay Fowler

August 11, 2019

While I did not have the experience of knowing Andrea, I know that she was much loved--Her soul shines out from her pictures--God must have missed her--now she can watch over us all

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