Shawnee resident Mary Jane (Jordan) Richards, 72, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at her home.

Shawnee resident Mary Jane (Jordan) Richards, 72, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at her home.

Mary Jane Jordan Richards was born April 25, 1944, to William H. and Amy Katherine (Goodwin) Jordan, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was reared in Calumet and El Reno, Oklahoma, and was graduated from Gulf Park High School, Gulf Port, Mississippi, in 1962. While attending college, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at the University of Oklahoma, as well as the Honorary History Society. She was chosen as a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
After her marriage to Gordon S. Richards, Jr., in February 1969, her life centered on her family and home. Mary Jane was a member and held offices in Chapter BB of PEO, Hawthorne Study Club, Shawnee Junior League and Alpha Mothers Club. One of her real joys was working with children in Vacation Bible School and Sunday school at First Baptist Church, Shawnee.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved brother, Patrick G. Jordan.
She is survived by her husband, as well as their two sons and their families, Jeffrey J. Richards and Samuel V. Richards, there wives, Cheri and Angela, and four wonderful grandchildren, Jordan W. Richards, Caleb S. Richards, Amelia A. Richards and Sebastian E. Richards. Her grandchildren were the joys of her life.
She was close to her cousins, Lynn Goodwin, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jane Goodwin, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Joanne Randall, Mechanicsville, Virginia; Joan Pruner, Shawnee; Robert Noyes, Dallas, Texas; Carolyn Worswick, Dallas; Roger Dabney, Edmond, Oklahoma; Robin Zeka, Joplin, Missouri; Laurel Baggett, Oklahoma City and Harry Ellis, Honolulu, Hawaii. Her formative years were family oriented, and these cousins were an integral part of her life.
Many thanks from Mary Jane and her family to Loving Care Hospice, Primrose Retirement Community, Janell Stanberry, Debbie Marez, Lela Rutledge, Dr. Dubois, Dr. McArthur, Dr. Holter and several important friends whose support and encouragement were a blessing.
Mary Jane was most thankful for her glorious Lord and Father in heaven and most thankful for being his child.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at First Baptist Church.
Honorary Pall Bearers: Wilson Baptist, Norvell Clarke, Jack Coffey, C.L. Craig, Bill Deupree, Bill Ford, Lynn Goodwin, Don Keeton and Griff Lindell.
Walker Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.