Millbury—Lois E. (Boyns) Richard, 84, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018, with family by her side.
She leaves behind her beloved and devoted husband of 62 years, Joseph A. “Roger” Richard and their four children; Elaine M. Gauthier and her husband, Lyn, of Hubbardston; Jeannine E. Bibeau, of Sterling; Roger B. Richard and his life companion, Patricia Tripp, of Millbury; and Laurence P. Richard and his wife, Michelle, of Freeport, FL. She also leaves her sister Elizabeth M. Small, of Methuen and her sister-in-law Liana T. Kuras, of Davidson, NC.
Lois treasured her family and was blessed with 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She had several nieces, nephews and Godchildren. Lois was predeceased by a daughter, Monique T. Richard, in 1976, and her step-brother, Douglas Fletcher.
Lois was born in Grafton on May 1, 1933, the daughter of Earle W. and Helen G. (McGuiggan) Boyns and attended Ascension High School. Lois was a medical transcriptionist for many years working at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. In the years prior to retirement, she was an office receptionist for both St. Phillip’s church in Grafton and Christ the King church in Worcester. She retired in 2005.
Lois enjoyed sewing for her children, music, dancing, porcelain doll making, stained glass design and painting. She loved all animals and had many dog and cat friends that she loved dearly. She also enjoyed decorating and it was no surprise to come home and find an entire room redecorated, complete with new paint, wallpaper and furniture!
She will be remembered as a loving, compassionate and sweet-natured woman whose desire was to do God's work on earth by helping many, including strangers, in their time of need. She volunteered countless hours of prayer and support at the Apostolate of Prayer in Leicester, and as a dedicated usher for Father Ralph A. DiOrio, whose mission is to bring healing, spiritual and physical, to a wounded world.
At the request of the family, there will be private calling hours and burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to the MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130