Margot F. Richards

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Margot F. Richards, age 93 of Sullivan, MO passed away at her home on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Margot Fannie Reichenberg, the daughter of Max and Hedwig Reichenberg, was born June 17, 1926 in Germany. Margot and her parents came to the United States from Germany in February 1937. Margot remembered that stormy boat ride well and shared this story, along with other memories of the Holocaust. Margot’s family resided in St. Louis for two years before moving to the country. They moved to Bourbon in 1941, when Margot’s dad saw an ad for a farm in the newspaper.  Her parents set up a milk operation that consisted of milking cows twice a day and then shipping the milk to St. Louis by truck daily, where it could then be distributed to different companies. 

Margot attended Bourbon High School, where she had many good memories. She was especially fond of her Spanish teacher, Mr. Essman. She graduated from Bourbon High School in 1944 and began her career as a payroll supervisor at International Shoe. She retired from there after 42 years of service and then started working as a door greeter at Wal-Mart, where she worked for the next eleven years. 

Margot truly loved and cherished her husband of 72 years, John Eugene “Gene” Richards. They were married on December 23, 1944 in Granite City, IL. They enjoyed going to dances on Saturday nights, where Gene played guitar with the “Ozark Ramblers” and Margot always accompanied him as she loved to dance and listen to them perform. Margot was a very classy woman who always dressed for the occasion. She loved her jewelry that Gene bought for her through the years and she wore it proudly. Margot also dearly loved her sweet dog, Foxy. Foxy was a ray of light to Margot, especially after Gene passed. Her faith was always an important part of her life, as she attended the Congregation Temple Israel of Creve Coeur and then later became members of First United Methodist Church in Bourbon, MO.

Margot is survived by her very special friends, Harold & Dorothy Weiskopf  and their girls, Tammy Watz and husband, Dennis, Terry Brown and husband, Jeff, Tanya Voss and husband, Dave, and Trina Biermann and husband, Jim, as well as their children and grandchildren. Margot loved hearing stories, looking at pictures and holding all of the grandbabies.

Margot was blessed with wonderful “angels” who provided 24/7 care so she could remain at home. She also had many great friends who visited, brought food, or called to check on her. She was always a great host, and when she was not physically able to, she would direct her caregivers to bake a cake or offer guests a drink. The respect and manners instilled in her were shown toward others even in her final days. 

Private services were conducted 3 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Alecia Fischer officiating. Interment will follow in Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margot’s name may be made to Missouri Baptist Hospital Sullivan – Oncology Department and/or The Hope Ranch of Missouri.

Friends may send online condolences to the Richards family at

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan.

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