Sharon L. Richard, 64: Devout Catholic, dedicated teacher

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PORTLAND — Sharon Lee Richard, 64, died suddenly June 3 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Born in San Francisco, Calif., March 21, 1947, she was a daughter of Chester A. and Jean Sherman Savery. Shortly following her birth, her mother died, and her father remarried Mary Ann O’Neil, who raised her from infancy.

In 1965 she graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and attended St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

On Aug. 21, 1969, she married Peter E. Richard in Yarmouth, Mass., and they made their home in Portland, where they raised their family.

For 22 years she worked as a teacher and librarian at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Portland.

After retirement she enjoyed volunteering at the Good Cause Thrift Shop and Mercy Hospital.

A devout Catholic, she was a longtime and active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where she served on many committees, volunteered in the church school and served as a Eucharistic minister.

Her greatest love was being surrounded by her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Peter E. Richard of Portland; a daughter, Susan Richard of Portland, and a son, Timothy and his wife Jena Richard of Portland; four sisters, Ann Marie Savery of West Yarmouth, Mass., Sally Piester of West Yarmouth, Mass., Rebecca Savery of Barnstable, Mass., Mary Ellen Begonis of Reading, Mass., and four brothers, George Savery of Poway, Calif., Michael Savery of Beaufort, N.C., Bernard Savery of Philmont, N.Y., John Savery of Beverly Hills, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews, including Don and his wife Jen Taylor and Chris and his wife Shelly Taylor.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway.

Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 8, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, ME 04074.

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