Evelyn Mae “Babe” Richards
EVELYN MAE RICHARDS (GRANDMA BABE)
May 25, 1924 – April 15, 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of Babe Richards announces her passing at MacCauley Lodge in Whitehorse, Yukon on April 15, 2016.
Babe was a wonderful friend, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, and a true Yukon pioneer. She was born May 25, 1924 in Whitehorse, daughter of the late TC and Bernadine Richards. Babe experienced first hand much of the Yukon’s history, travelling the waterways on board the great sternwheelers, witnessing the first ever aircraft landing at the Whitehorse airport, and watching as the development of the Alaska Highway changed her world. Babe lived in both Whitehorse and Watson Lake before moving to Northern BC in 1967. She returned to Whitehorse in 1971 and served in many charitable organizations, committees and boards in the Yukon. Babe was a very style conscious woman, always impeccably dressed. In the seventies she owned and operated the dress shop, Broies Tienda, and then ran a busy daycare for many years, where the children all called her “Grandma Babe”.
She remembered many peoples’ birthdays and anniversaries, and never failed to call and congratulate them every year on their special day. Babe moved to MacCauley Lodge in March of 2013 and soon became the unofficial greeter.
Babe was predeceased by her parents, two brothers Cecil and Bob Richards, and two grandchildren Kimberly Rowe and Troy Latimer. She leaves behind to mourn her ten children, Cecil-Gayle Terris (Dave), Bobbie Cebuliak (Jim), Richard Brown (Cookie), Douglas Brown (Sue), Bernelle Latimer, Charlie Brown (Gay), Mike Brown, John Brown Jr. (Geri), Nona Loveless (John), and Anita Pellizzon (Mario), 23 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and countless friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Buchanan and all the staff of MacCauley Lodge for the EXCEPTIONAL care, love and support given to our mother while she was with you.
A Celebration of Life for Babe will be held at the Kwanlin Dunn Cultural Centre on May 2, 2016 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship in Babe’s memory has been established. Donations may be made to the Yukon Foundation, P.O. Box 31622, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6L2.
Mom never said, “Goodbye”, she would always say “Bye for now”.
So bye for now Mom, we will miss you until we meet again.