Claire E. ‘Shortie’ (Percifield) Richards, age 92 passed away Friday morning, March 29, 2019 at The Waters of Martinsville. She was a resident of Brown County.
Shortie was born January 9, 1927, in Monroe County, to her parents, the late Thurman Anderson and Verna K. (Myers) Percifield. She was a 1944 graduate of Helmsburg High School and went on to work for Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis from 1944 to 1948. Shortie later worked as a part-time cook at the Waycross Camp and Conference Center in Brown County. She will be remembered for her hard work and willingness to help her family in home or on the farm; from sewing shirts, baking cookies to bailing hay or shoveling sawdust.
She married Robert P. Richards on May 1, 1948 in Martinsville. He lovingly survives after 70 devoted years of marriage. Shortie is also survived by her children, Alan (Darlene) Richards, Phillip (Julie) Richards & William (Alice) Richards, all of Brown County; grandchildren: Sara (Wes) Richards of Boston, MA, Neil (Lisa) Richards, Jamie (Mandy) Richards and Joshua Richards all of Brown County; great-grandchildren, Tristan, Porter and William Richards, and Blake Moeller; and several nieces and nephews.
Shortie was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur Percifield; and half-brothers, Lyndle and Vernon Percifield.
She enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, tending to her flower gardens and never missed taking scenic motorcycle trips with her husband. Shortie was a member of the Antique Farm Machinery Association in Morgan, Johnson & Brown Counties.
Shortie’s family will carry out her wishes of being cremated along with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a future date with inurnment at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brown County. Cremation services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Shortie to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278 and or the Heart to Heart Hospice, 463 S. Landmark Ave. Bloomington, IN 47403.
Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Richards family at www.meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670