Ann M. Richards

May 3, 1936November 29, 2018

Ann M Richards, 82, of West Stockholm, NY, passed away peacefully with family by her side early Thursday morning, November 29, 2018, at the Alice Center in Malone, NY. She had been a resident there since February 2017.The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1st at noon at the Garner Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Sweeney celebrant. Burial will follow the service at the West Stockholm Cemetery. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Home on Saturday from 10am until noon. Condolences on line can be shared

Born in Potsdam, NY, on May 3, 1936, she was the daughter of the late George Robinson and Dorothy and William VanAlstine. She graduated from Potsdam High School in 1954 and the A. Barton Hepburn School of Nursing in 1957. On August 16, 1958 she married Clarence Richards. He predeceased her in 2010. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm in West Stockholm. She also worked as an operating room nurse at Canton-Potsdam Hospital until her retirement. Ann cherished every minute spent with her children and grandchildren. She especially loved the solitude and peacefulness she found on the family farm where she had an open and loving heart for animals of all kinds. As she grew older, she found enjoyment in cooking, reading, and watching movies. Ann is survived by two daughters, Trish Richards and her partner Tracy Earlywine; Tillie Breault and her husband Dale, and one son, BJ Richards and his wife Lisa; five grandchildren Sam, Charlie, Chloie, Mia, and Maddilynn, and one brother, Joseph Robinson and his wife Mary. Donations should be made to the West Stockholm fire department


  • West Stockholm Volunteer Fire Dept.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Dr. Tom Nystrom

December 2, 2018

I greatly enjoyed getting to know Ann during my many years in the Canton-Potsdam area. Her pleasant, down-to-earth personality made her a pleasure to be around.
Her competence and professionalism in the operating room were outstanding.
Please accept my condolences. Family members should be very proud of this wonderful woman.

Betty and Bob LaBar and Jones

November 30, 2018

Prayers andthoughts are with you at this sad time. Ann was a special lady and will be missed by many

David Ackerman

November 30, 2018

Words are difficult - no kinder people ever - than Ann and Bennie. I was blessed to be able to work on their family farm in the early 70's. Nothing but fond memories. Ann, Sue and I will keep your poinsettia on our mantle every Christmas. Rest in Peace. Love Dave