Donna Gayle Herndon Richards
Donna Gayle Herndon Richards, 70 of Springfield, died at 1:40 pm, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at St. John’s Hospital, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born May 21, 1945 in Springfield, to Jesse Leigh Herndon and Marie Maude Cox. She was raised by Andrew and Ruth Graham.
She married the love of her life, Donald D. Richards on October 23, 1964 and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2009.
Survivors include two sons, William J. Richards and Michael A. (Kathy) Richards both of Springfield; one step-son, Donald Richards, Jr. of Champaign; one step daughter Debra (J.R.) Maple of Lincoln; seven grandchildren, Julianna Richards (companion: Keith Hurley), Michael Richards, Trevor Richards, William Richards, Jr., Renee Neifer, Tiffany Carvalho and Jeff Carvalho; one sister, Sharon L. (John) Hill of Springfield, two brothers, Ronald L. (Sheryl) Herndon of Sherman and William H. (Chris) Herndon of Springfield; ten great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins and her longtime best friend, Patti Bader of Chatham.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two infant children, Jesse Leigh and Richard Dean and one half-sister, Elaine Marie Herndon.
Donna was a member of the VFW 755 Auxiliary and loved family gatherings. She also was an avid karaoke singer and enjoyed going on gambling trips to Tunica and watching old movies and the Walking Dead on TV. She had a deep love for her present dogs, Chewy and Bubba, who will miss her greatly.
Donna was proud of the fact that she was a great-great granddaughter of William Herndon, the law partner of Abraham Lincoln.
Memorial Gathering: 4-6 pm, Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home.
Memorial Service: 6 pm, Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home with Vickie Dowell officiating.
In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control or to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.