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Rebecca "Becky" Ann (Gardner) Richards

April 25, 1942 — January 12, 2024


Rebecca "Becky" Ann Richards age 81 passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024 at her home in Mechanicsburg, PA surrounded by loving family members after an extended battle with Lymphoma. Becky was born on April 25, 1942 in Greencastle, Indiana to the late Jerome Clifford Gardner and Gracie M (Miller) Gardner. 


Becky's survivors include her husband of 61 years John S "Steve" Richards, two sons, Kurt Richards and his significant other, Gloria Hudson of Enola, PA, Kevin Richards of Mechanicsburg, PA and a daughter, Kim (Rolland) Vickrey of Greencastle, Indiana, her six granddaughters, Brittaney Richards, Mechanicsburg, PA, Danielle Richards, Mechanicsburg PA, Nina Richards Greenwood, IN, Emma Richards, Decator, IN, Kourtnee (Jenna) Jones, Indianapolis, IN and Kayla Vickrey, Greencastle, IN.     


Becky graduated from Greencastle High School in 1960 and in 1962 married her husband Steve living in Jacksonville, FL supporting his military duty with the US Navy.  In 1966 after military service Becky and Steve returned to Greencastle, IN to raise their family.  In 1987 the family moved with IBM to Mechanicsburg, PA where she resided the next 36 years.  


An avid reader Becky also enjoyed the outdoors, spending countless hours working in her flowers and feeding her many feathered friends.  She was a loving, devoted and amazing Mother to her children and grandchildren.   She was best known for her role as "Nana" by her six granddaughters and spent countless hours nurturing each one to be kind to others and to be the best they could be.  Rest in peace Nanna, your girls will carry your steadfast love from here.


All are welcome to join Becky’s family at her gathering of family and friends on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 9:15 a.m. until the time of service beginning at 10:00 a.m. all at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home, 602 E Washington Street, Greencastle, IN 46135.  Interment will follow the service in Forest Hill Cemetery in Greencastle, IN.  Becky’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at The Inn at Depauw, 2 West Seminary Street, Greencastle, IN following the Interment.  Cremation was private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam County Library in care of the Putnam County Foundation, 2 South Jackson St. Greencastle, IN 46135.


Becky’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral & Cremation in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Becky’s full obituary, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting

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