Marsha "Dee" Darlene Richards

December 23, 1954April 29, 2021

After a difficult battle with COPD and Diabetes, Marsha Darlene Richards passed away peacefully on April 29, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Columbus to Thomas and Marcia Roberts. Dee Richards was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and was a family-oriented angel. Dee was passionate about her husband, children, grandchildren, family, birds, wind chimes, books, flowers, work, Agatha Christie mysteries, and people.

Throughout her life Dee always looked on the positive side of life always finding the silver lining in any situation. She owned the Candle and Scent shop in Nashville for several years always greeting her customers with a smile and a warm greeting. Later in life she worked for different banks in Nashville finally settling down as manager of First Merchants. Dee loved all the employees there considering them family and would have a hearty greeting to the customers that would patronage the bank. In 1978, Dee Roberts met Alan Richards at the residence of a mutual friend and immediately fell in love. They went on to be married in 1979 for 41 years and had 2 children together.

Dee Richards leaves behind her husband Alan Richards, sons Neil Richards and Jamie Richards, daughter in-laws Lisa Richards and Amanda Richards, and grandsons Tristan Richards, Blake Mueller, Porter Richards, and William Richards, her siblings Scott Roberts and Pam Diamond, also several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers Mike Roberts and Brad Roberts. Dee will be greatly missed by all who knew her. There will be a celebration of life held at a later date.


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Danita Sampson

June 10, 2021

Having such a backlog of newspapers to read, I am just learning about the passing of Dee. She sure was a special lady! No doubt, she will be greatly missed by her family and her community. My condolences to her family and friends.

Marie Mooney

May 25, 2021

We were deeply concerned saddened to learn of Dee’s passing. My husband Jeff and I bought property on Lake LaSalle in 2007 and moved to Brown County permanently in the spring of 2012. One of the first things we realized was that we were going to need a new bank and so after talking with different banks and staff we decided to choose First Merchants which was the beginning of our friendship with Dee. In the Fall of 2012 I was asked to become a LEAP participant so again our paths crossed and then the next year I joined the LEAP board and eventually took over Dee’s treasurer duties. Dee always found a minute to chat about LEAP or share her many memories of living in Brown County. I didn’t know her as long as many but I definitely will miss her and will treasure all our little chats and times together. As you all know quite well, Dee was a special person.

Shirley Bond-Manley

May 8, 2021


I am truly sorry to learn of Dee's early passing. May loving memories of Dee help you through this time of loss.

Much love your way,
Shirley(Bond) Manley

Ken Birkemeier

May 4, 2021

We our sending our deepest sympathy. Dee was such a loving, wonderful, kind, stable person I can only begin to feel how much you miss her. I have been fortunate in my life working with her for so many years. She was always there above and beyond work for so many. She is missed, but you will always have her love.