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Margaret Ann Richards

Obituary for Margaret Ann Richards

July 26, 2017
Boerne, Texas


After a long illness, Margaret passed into eternal life at Kendall House, Boerne, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter Gail Firebaugh-Smith (Kenneth Smith) of New Mexico, and her brother Charles W. Kettering (Vivian) of Nevada, nephews Christopher and Mark, and their families in Washington and California. She was preceded in death by husband Ransom Allen Richards Jr., parents Charles and Mary Sue Kettering, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She grew up in Denver, Colorado, graduating from South High School. She then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, pledged to Delta Gamma fraternity, of which she remained a member for 60 years. While there, she met and married Kenneth Firebaugh. They moved to Evanston, Illinois, where she attended Northwestern University, graduating in the late 1960s with membership in national honor society Alpha Sigma Lambda.
She worked professionally in the insurance and restaurant industries in the Chicago area, Arkansas, and San Antonio, Texas, before retiring in 1995. That same year, she married Mr. Richards.

Margaret was accomplished and dedicated to her careers. She enjoyed participating in business and professional organizations including Zonta, BPW, and League of Women Voters, where she held a number of offices. She was proud of becoming a CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), a professional designation held by only 2% of insurance industry employees in the U.S. She was also a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Professional Insurance Woman (CPIW), and Professional Insurance Woman of Texas (PWIT). When not working in insurance, she managed, co-owned, and operated two large restaurants, including one in Cherokee Village, Arkansas, and one in a Chicago suburb.

Margaret was a dedicated member of St. George Episcopal Church in San Antonio, and volunteered there for many years. With her late husband, she funded the establishment of the Richards Christian Learning Center at the church. She also earned a 10-year pin for volunteering with Morningside Ministries. She greatly appreciated arts and culture, supporting opera, symphony, ballet, theater and museums. She was an avid reader and believed in lifelong learning, including keeping up with computer technology. She loved to travel, especially taking cruises.

Margaret had a great zest for life, strong intellect, a contagious smile, and seemingly boundless energy. She will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Richards' name to Alzheimer's Association, San Antonio & South Texas Chapter, MAC 37 Building, 10223 McAllister Freeway, Suite 100, San Antonio, Texas 78216.

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