Sylvia Ann Richards

Sylvia Ann Richards

Sylvia Ann Richards of Newport, WA. Passed away July 15, 2019, at the age of 76.

She was born June 20, 1943, to Margaret H. (Chappell) and Harold William Richards in Newport, joining a brother, Harold Edward. The family lived at a small farm near Camden, WA until April 1957 when they moved to Newport and the house that Sylvia still owned and lived in.

Sylvia attended Newport schools, graduating in 1961. As a young adult she also lived in Ford, WA and Drummond, MT moving back to Newport in 1967. She began working in the Newport Kindergarten (1974–1979) and during that time started taking college classes. She graduated from Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in 1980 with a BA in Education and from Whitworth College with a MAT in Reading in 1985. She substituted and then taught Kindergarten in Priest River, Idaho from 1982 to 1986. Summer 1986 she and her son, Thomas, moved to Sunnyside, WA where she was a Reading Specialist for 10 years and a 6th grade teacher for 12 years. Upon her retirement she moved back to Newport.

She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa, teacher’s sorority for 25 years, Zillah Chapter of Eastern Star for 29 years, Retired Teachers of Washington, United Church of Christ (from 1970 to present).

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother and is survived by her three children: Janet K. Tachell, James E. Foster (Debi) and Thomas M. Foster. Grandchildren: Eric L. Smithson, Amanda M. Zahller, Thomas C, Matthew J. and Nicholas A. Foster. Great-grandchildren: Morgan and Zachary Zahller, Jeremy, Westin and Landon Smithson, Gavin and Cage Hardy, special friend D. Patrick Carroll, his son Chad and Granddaughter Milla, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Church Women’s Fellowship or Priest River Animal Shelter.

A memorial service will be held July 26, 2019 at 2:00 at the United Church of Christ, corner of 3rd Street and Spokane Avenue, Newport, WA.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport, WA is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at