Obituary for Mrs. Claire Elaine "Shortie" Richards

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Mrs. Claire Elaine "Shortie" Richards

January 9, 1927 - March 29, 2019

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
Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: January 9, 1927
May 30, 2017
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Died: March 29, 2019

Condolences for Mrs. Claire Elaine Richards

Susie Bessire posted on 4/2/19

Please know the entire family has my deepest and heart felt sympathies. Aunt Elaine was a special women to all of us and she will always be missed. I have such fond memories of growing up around Uncle Bob and Aunt Elaine...great family dinners with the best food EVER in the basement, playing outside till after dark with Alan and Philip, hearing her great stories and the smell of cedar every time you waked in the house! I feel very fortunate to have gotten to see and talk to her last year! Sad that I didn’t get to be in her presence more. We have our memories, she will be missed by many, love to you all. Susie Percifield Bessire


David N. Johann posted on 3/31/19

Always made me feel welcome in her house, to chat with her on the porch, and when she shared her flowers with me. She will be missed and never replaced, truly a remarkable woman.


Kathleen Dinwiddie posted on 3/30/19

Sending love and comfort to the family. May fond memories with Shortie fill your hearts.


Pat (Noblitt) Trusty posted on 3/30/19

My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Although not personally acquainted with Shorty, I often heard of "Shorty and Bob" from my Dad and Mom (Karl and Elsie Noblitt). To the family, I can only say that as long as there are great memories, those we lose will never be gone from our hearts. Prayers to all,


Pam Mitchell posted on 3/30/19

Sorry to hear of your family's loss. Shorty will be remembered by so many. Blessings to her family for thier loss.


Sally J. Tafelski posted on 3/30/19

Dear Neil and Lisa, With deepest Sympathy for the loss of your GrandMother. I pray that in your time of sorrow you will find comfort under God's loving hand, and Mary's motherly care. You're in my thoughts and prayers each day.


Jamie Richards posted on 3/29/19

My grandma is the one of the best examples of who I will never measure up to but hope I can come close to by the time my life is nearing it's​ end. Grandma Shortie I've love you from the moment I met you. From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to chocolate pies you were unmatched in character and love. I love you so much thank you for always being there.