Vernie E. (Brewer) Richards

December 20, 1922 ‒ March 14, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Vernie E. (Brewer) Richards, age 95, of Mount Gilead, passed away Wednesday morning, March 14, 2018, at the Morrow County Hospital.

On December 20, 1922, Vernie was born in Indiana County, PA, a daughter of the late Ernest Cleveland and Lucy Anna (Clawson) Brewer.

Vernie married the love of her life, Walter Milton Richards, on January 31, 1944, in Indiana, PA.  They lovingly raised six children and enjoyed fishing trips to Lake Erie and going to flea markets together.  They shared over 54 wonderful years as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on June 7, 1998.

A woman of faith, Vernie was a long time member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church.  She was very active in the United Methodist Women and also helped with the consignment sales and funeral dinners.  She also belonged to the Williamsport Grange and the Morrow County Conservation Club.  She volunteered much of her time at the Morrow County Hospital as an Orchid TWIG and also was a volunteer for Hospice of Morrow County.

Vernie was a homemaker for a good part of her life, but as the kids got older, she also worked outside of the home.  She was a server for Purity Sweets, cleaned several schools and restaurants, and retired from Mount Gilead High School where she worked in the cafeteria.

Vernie enjoyed being outdoors tending to her vegetable garden and flowers.  She liked to sew and always made clothes for her family.  She loved to cook and bake, always making special Halloween doughnuts to hand out for trick-or-treat.  Most of all, she absolutely adored time spent with her family.  To many of her grandchildren she was known as “Grandma Tomato” or “Grandma Doughnut.”

She will always be remembered for the love she had for her family, her fun loving attitude, and the strong independence (maybe some stubbornness also) that she always possessed.

Vernie is survived by her children: Ronald (Barbara) Richards of Ashley, OH; Shirley Fissell of Mount Gilead, OH; Roger (Kathy) Richards of Mount Gilead, OH; Carolyn “Cookie” (Robert) Armstrong of Cardington, OH; Larry Richards of Marion, OH; and Crystal (Roger) Mattix of Thornport, OH; grandchildren: Ronald S. Richards of Ashley, OH; Chad (Lorri) Richards of Cardington, OH; Wendy (Greg) Karcher of Galion, OH; Shanna (Jeremy) Moore of Mansfield, OH; Jill (Kevin) Caudill of Mansfield, OH; Robin Snopik of Mount Gilead, OH; Charity (David) Meuleman of Defiance, OH;  Amanda (Steve) Swartz of Marion, OH; Rae Lynn (Brian) Denny of Corning, OH; Ashley (Adam) McGomery of Glenford, OH; Chloe Ardrey of Thornport, OH; and Stacy (Chuck) Treisch of Mount Gilead, OH; great grandchildren: Ashley, Derek, Jeremy, Garrett, Nick, Aaron, Ryan, Josh, Michael, Cassandra, Grace, Ben, Ethan, Devin, Gage, Levi, Colt, Aden, Ashton, Avery, Jacob, Paisley, Nicholas and Brice; great-great grandchildren: Joel, Gabi, Mia, Mallory, and Addalynn; special friends: Jack and Susan Pollard, Roger and Evelyn Walton, and all of her friends at Williamsport United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents: Ernest and Lucy; siblings: Jenny, Edna, James, and Pete; grandson Michael Armstrong and a son-in-law, Bob Fissell.

Her family will greet friends from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held there on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating and assisted by Rev. Sue Antolik.  Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

If desired memorial contributions may be made in Vernie’s memory to Hospice of Morrow County and/or to the Williamsport United Methodist Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Vernie’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Dear Family
    So SORRY to here about Vernie, she was like a second Mother to me and she was the first to welcome me and my Husband to Williamsport United Methodist Church.
    We will miss her, but she is with GOD and Husband & Family, now.

  • To the family of Vernie Richards
    We are so sorry for your loss, she was a fun lady
    always enjoyed talking to her.
    Our prayers are with you all at this time

    Barbara and Richard Moore

  • Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Dear Vernie was a wonderful friend, and we were blessed to know her as a dear friend and member of our church family. May God bless you and give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • So sorry for your loss. She lived a full life and left a wonderful legacy in her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Shirley and Cookie
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a joy in your life and to others. May you treasure all the wonderful memories that you can cherish going forward by having her in your lives.

    Roger and Brenda Beall

  • Dear Richards family.
    Words can’t describe Vernie. Once she met you , she was your friend. Always a smile and a hug. She loved her family. You took such good care of her. Cherish your wonderful memories and may God give you peace and comfort . Vernie is now one of God’s special angels.

  • GOD has called back one of HIS earth angels and I consider my self very lucky to have been given an opportunity to know her and her family. May her love of life provide comfort in this time of our earthly loss.

  • Thinking of you at this difficult time. Vernie was such a sweet, sweet lady. You all were so blessed to have her in your lives. Love and prayers.

  • Vernie was always so thoughtful in her words and needs! We enjoyed having her as a member of our church family. She assisted with many projects and meals that were served at the church. We loved her wit and wisdom. She always was positive and would inquire about the other members of our family. She went out of her way to make sure that you knew that she was thinking about you. She shared the sad times, good times and struggles that we faced together. We have lost a very good friend, but will keep all of the good memories in our heart. Thanks to her family for sharing her!!
    With much love, Sam and Carolyn Beal

  • Our prayers to the family, Vernie was a true gift to all who knew her, what a wonderful reunion there was in Heaven, We can only imagine!
    Love, Randy and Tina Stull

  • God bless all of you in your time of sorrow. Aunt vernie was always the most big hearted person we knew. Now she’s with Uncle Walter forever. Rest in peace in God’s hands.

  • Dear Friends: May God Bless and hold you close as you prepare to celebrate the life of dear Vernie! What a blessing she was to our family, community, and church family at WUMC! A kind and caring lady with a listening ear, great humor, and a hug for all. Jerry has the best memories of times at her home growing up! She will be missed by many as she loved so generously! love and prayers, Faith and Jerry

  • We are sorry to hear if aunt Vernie’s passing. We didn’t see her so much but when we did we always enjoyed her company! Such a sweet lady. May your memories help u thru this. Dave and Suzie Richards, Niagara Falls.

  • So sorry for your loss. She will be missed. Even though she lived a long life, we aren’t ready for her to be gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Larry and Melissa Furniss

  • Deeply sorry for your loss. May memories of her sustain you in this very difficult time. Praying for all of her loved ones. May comfort and peace surround you all.

  • Crystal and all, sorry about mom. She was one of a kind. She is now in the arms of dad! Make she rest in peace

  • So sorry to hear of Vernie’s passing. Thinking of all the family through this tough time. Sending my love and condolences.

  • You will be Missed Aunt Vernie, you are a kind, loving , soul ,the Angels welcomed you for sure. Hug all our Family members there with you until we meet again. Love Nephew Thomas and Carla

  • So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing Iknow she will be greatly missed, she was a very sweet lady and you could tell she loved all of you very much.

  • Cookie, Shirley and family:
    I am saddened to read of Mrs. Richards’ passing. I know she will be missed. You have my condolences.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Vernie was a dear friend who will be missed by many. So many good memories of working with her on various committees at church and at our UMW meetings. She had a wonderful sense of humor as well as a dedication to her friends and family.

  • What an amazing and beautiful life grandma had. I cherish my memories of time spent with her and the family. My love and prayers of strength and comfort to all of the family.

  • Crystal, I am soooooo very sorry to hear you have lost your mom. My heart reaches out to you and all her loved ones. She is such a sweet lady who loved all. I remember her, even when I was young as a small child, the fun we all had. Her door was always opened. What a great lady. What a great daughter she has too. May the Lord walk her to heaven and comfort all who loved and knew her. She was loved by so many. What an AWESOME lady. God Bless you and all her loved ones. ((((((((Hugs))))))))

  • We reflect back on good times traveling to “Sight & Sound” theatre in Strasburg, Pa. with the group. She was a joy to everyone she met. We cherish her example and know she is with our Lord. Love, hugs 🤗, sympathy and prayers to everyone. Don & Carolyn Staiger

  • Such a sweet lady.was always so nice.she will be missed by all. Thinking of the family. Mike and teresa.

  • My prayers are with all of you . Verne was a very special person. She always made me feel special whenever I would see her.

  • I always enjoyed seeing Verne come in to collect funds from the candy box for Hospice. Such a sweet lady and always a smile on her face. Sending my condolences to her family.

  • Shirley, Cookie, and the rest of the Richards family,
    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She lived a good life and was an example to so many. Prayers for comfort in the following days! Deb and Keith

  • Thinking of all of you with love and sadness, but thankful for the beautiful legacy she left behind.

  • sorry to hear about your mother, will miss her very mucu. God be with you in this time of loss , all if you need to talk. love ya’ll

  • Crystal
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always so nice to us. She was a lovely lady.
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am sorry to hear of Miss Vernie’s passing. We had very lovely talks at the Morrow County Hospital gift shop. She always had a smile and I so enjoyed those talks. We all will miss her. Our hearts and prayers go out her family.

  • To the Richard’s Family,
    I just heard of Vernie’s passing.
    Though I only knew her casually through Hospice volunteering,
    the lady’s smile and cheerful attitude is a special memory
    Love and prayers to all of you,
    Clara Hilton