Catherine Ketron Richard, 84, of WellSpring Retirement Community, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004.Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, Va., and burial will follow in Birchlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at WellSpring Retirement Community.

Mrs. Richard was born in Lebanon, Va. to the late Frank Lafayette Ketron and Mary Catherine Gilmer Ketron. She lived most of her adult life in Pearisburg, Va. and moved to WellSpring Retirement Community eight years ago. She was above all a dedicated, loving and special mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She and her husband, Rodney, were committed to the vitality and development of First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, Va. She was, at the time of her death, a member of Irving Park Methodist Church. She was president of her Girl Scout Chapter and of her Womens Society chapter, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. At WellSpring, she was in the chorus and on the health and decorating committees. She was an avid golfer, accomplished bridge player and talented artist.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Charles Rodney Richard, D.D.S. and her two brothers, William G. Ketron and Frank L. Ketron Jr.

Surviving are her three children, Mary Carol Danahy and husband, Pat of Greensboro; Charles Rodney Richard Jr. and wife, Becky of Roanoke, Va. and Robert Ketron Richard and Carol Joers of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; grandchildren, James Patrick Danahy Jr. and wife, Brantley of Atlanta, Ga., Catherine Danahy Daniels and husband, Gary of Greenville, S.C., Laurin Richard Young and husband, Steve of Roanoke, Va. and Charles Rodney Richard III of Roanoke, Va.; and three great-grandchildren, Keyton, Casey and Cameron Daniels.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Givens Funeral Home in Pearisburg, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Valleyview Drive, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or WellSpring Benevolent Fund, 4100 WellSpring Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Arrangements are by Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, Greenville, S.C.

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