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Maurine Hansen Richards

Maurine (Hansen) Richards, age 88, passed away peacefully September 3, 2020, in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Joseph City, Arizona on January 3, 1932, to John Harvey Hansen and Pauline Peterson. Maurine graduated from Holbrook High School in 1949 and attended Arizona State College (now ASU) where she met her eternal companion, Fred Richards. They were married in the Arizona Temple on June 11, 1952, and moved to Safford as their permanent home where they raised her seven children. Maurine was an accomplished seamstress and made most of her clothes since she was a teenager. She taught all her children how to sew, including the boys, and to be self-sufficient including cooking, gardening and canning. Maurine handled the home finances, and nobody could stretch a penny further than her. Above all, she loved children. In addition to raising her own seven children, she was "mom" to many more. Maurine was active in church her entire life, serving in the primary, the Young Women’s camp committee, and in the library. In 1998, she served with her husband in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Virginia Richmond mission. She truly led a simple, Christ-like life; she loved everyone, never spoke ill of others, and never complained despite enduring several physical challenges and having severe hearing loss. Maurine is loved by all and will be greatly missed. The heavens have truly gained another angel. Maurine is survived by: her husband of 68 years, Fred Richards; siblings, Boyd Hansen, Doris Hunsaker and Kathleen Cooper; her seven children, Alan, Keith, Gary, Marcia Hardison, Marvin, David and Carol Miller; thirty grandchildren; sixty-two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Maurine’s family asks to please make donations to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Missionary Fund, https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/donations/church/missionary-fund.html?cde2=807-Missionary-home&cid=Missionary-home&; or to the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. https://secure3.convio.net/ihchs/site/Donation2?df_id=1566&mfc_pref=T&1566.donation=form1 Funeral services for Maurine will be conducted Saturday morning, September 12, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home's "Chapel of the Valley" by Bishop Aaron Huntsman of the Safford Second Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Central Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday morning, September 12, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 10:00 a.m., also at the funeral home.

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We are so sorry for your loss. Frank and Judie Armijo

Judith A Armijo Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM

Grandma Richards was the most loving, Christ-like person I have ever known. She was not only there for every important event but for a million other moments that added up to an immense influence in my life. I have so many cherished memories of growing up by her side. From making mud pies to daybed slides down the stairs, she made life magical. She did things like braid wire hangers into your hair when you wanted to be Pippi Longstocking. She was such a bright light in this world and was a constant example to me. She loved without reserve and I will miss her dearly. Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel and I am grateful for the knowledge that I will be able to see her again someday

Eloise Smith Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM

Grandma Richards was the most loving, Christ-like person I have ever known. She was not only there for every important event but for a million other moments that added up to an immense influence in my life. I have so many cherished memories of growing up by her side. From making mud pies to daybed slides down the stairs, she made life magical. She did things like braid wire hangers into your hair when you wanted to be Pippi Longstocking. She was such a bright light in this world and was a constant example to me. She loved without reserve and I will miss her dearly. Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel and I am grateful for the knowledge that I will be able to see her again someday

Eloise Smith Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many wonderful memories of Grandma Richards. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I am so grateful to have had her in my life.

Shannon Marble Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Frank and Judie Armijo

Judith A Armijo Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many wonderful memories of Grandma Richards. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I am so grateful to have had her in my life.

Shannon Marble Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Carol Richards and Family, Maurine was very kind. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all. Love, Lynne and David MacKnight

Lynne MacKnight Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Carol Richards and Family, Maurine was very kind. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all. Love, Lynne and David MacKnight

Lynne MacKnight Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

Grandma Richards is one of the most wonderful people I've ever known. She always treated me and my sisters just like we were special and important. My first daughter was named after her with the hope that she would grow up to be as kind and loving as Grandma. She was the greatest cook in the world, a master at fixing broken toys, and I will miss her dearly.

WR Talley Sep 6 2020 12:00 AM

Grandma Richards is one of the most wonderful people I've ever known. She always treated me and my sisters just like we were special and important. My first daughter was named after her with the hope that she would grow up to be as kind and loving as Grandma. She was the greatest cook in the world, a master at fixing broken toys, and I will miss her dearly.

WR Talley Sep 6 2020 12:00 AM

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