Onie Louise Richards was born January 8, 1935 in Alamance County, North Carolina to the late Mr. James Cooper and the late Ms. Onie Crisp Cooper Corbett Thomas. Louise was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Ann Miles formerly of Caswell County, North CarolinaOnie, better known as Louise, graduated from Graham High school in 1954. After high school, she attended nursing school at Winston Salem State University and later completed her degree at the nursing school in New York. After working as a nurse for 31 years at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York City, NY until she retired and returned home to North Carolina in 1990.Louise met the man of her dreams Sterling Richards. The two had whirlwind courtship and then married. Their love lasted 64 years. They did almost everything together. They would pack up the girls and travel a new adven-ture. They loved to ‘cruise’ and did so every chance they got.Louise served as a member on the deaconess board, in the choir, and nurses unit of Grace Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY for over 20 years. She became well known by many churches, organizations, and occupations for her delicious tasting cakes and pies. As a matter of fact, this was her very own personal side business in NY in addition to being a nurse. Best of all, Louise always knew how to attract a crowd, especially family and close friends, and that was through food!Louise was a member of the First Baptist Church of Burlington, North Carolina were she was faithfully in-volved in the Hospitality Ministry, Nurses Unit, ordered the church communion , and attended Sunday School until her health would no longer permit to do so. In addition, Louise was a member of the ’ Order of the Eastern Star’ or-ganization.Louise deeply loved and cared for her family especially her only granddaughter. She pampered and spoiled Tanisha as if she were a priceless treasure. She rejoiced over all of her accomplishments and was ready to whip out the pictures for anyone who would stand still long enough to view them.Those Louise leaves to cherish fond memories of her are: her loving and devoted husband of 51 years, Mr. Sterling Richards; daughters Karen Alida Richards of Clinton, Maryland and Stacey Regina Richards of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; her only granddaughter Tanisha Ashanti Richards of Greensboro, North Carolina; sisters Ru-by Mae Cooper of Mebane, North Carolina; Emma Lee Richards of Burlington, North Carolina; Shirley Ann Riley of Mebane, North Carolina; and brother Daniel Lee Corbett (Sabrina) of Burlington, North Carolina ; her only living aunt Ms. Annie Bell Tinnin (92 years old) of Burlington, North Carolina; brothers in -law: William Richards of Hills-boro, North Carolina; Robert (Dot) Richards of Columbia, South Carolina; and Clarence Richards Sr. of Brooklyn, New York; sisters in -laws: Ms. Ollie Mae Macklin of Sparta ,Georgia and Catherine Huitt (Robert) of Hillsboro, North Carolina along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from the sanctuary of First Baptist Church 508 Apple St. Burlington, NC 27217 at 11 AM. The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday evening March 7, 2014 from 7-8 PM in the J.V. & Lessie I. Sharpe Memorial Chapel. Please continue to lift the family in prayer and remember them in your thoughts.