Clare "Kay" Louise Richard

Monday, May 28th, 1945 - Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
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Clare “Kay” Louise Richard, age 75, of Cassopolis, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in her home.

She was born May 28, 1945 in Dowagiac, Michigan the second of three children born to Robert Duane and Donna Rose Claussen. She married Timothy Richard July 5, 1990 in Vandalia, Michigan. He survives.

Kay had an entrepreneurial spirit selling Mary Kay in her youth, owning and operating a cabinetry and woodworking factory, and finished with being a gifted seamstress and crafter in several areas, including paper crafting and purse making. She loved the Lord and cherished using her gifts and talents to bring joy to others. The desire of her legacy would be that others would find the joy in having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Kay will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband of thirty years, Timothy Richard of Cassopolis; one daughter, Lisa (John) Adams of Dowagiac; two sons, Danny (Kim) Fitzgerald of Missouri, Todd Fitzgerald of Elkhart, Indiana; two stepdaughters, Tracy Richard, Linda (Matt) Massengill, both of Bremen, Indiana; one stepson, Robert Richard of Cathedral City, California; four granddaughters, Kimberly (Mike) Herman of Dowagiac, Valerie (CJ) Powell of South Bend, Indiana, Amy Adams of Dowagiac, Carrie Fitzgerald of Lone Mountain, Tennessee; twin great granddaughters on the way; five step grandchildren; one sister, Judy Lynn Claussen of Cassopolis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ron Claussen.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial service Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Dailey Church, 27046 Dunning Street, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031, with Pastor Doug Tindall officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online:
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    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Dailey Church
    27046 Dunning Street
    Cassopolis, Michigan 49031
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Posted at 02:48pm
Dear Family.
Kay was a second Mom to many. She loved deeply. I remember the many hair cuts & perms in our kitchens. The clothes she and my Mom would make for us kids and our dolls. All the wonderful memories come rushing back as I sit and type this. I loved her lots and will always regret not getting over and seeing her. We can all rejoices that she has taken her place in the Lords house.
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me and I'm not here to see...
If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today...
While thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you...
And each time you think of me, I know you'll miss me, too.
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand...
That Jesus came and called my name and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready in heaven far above...
And that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart...
For every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart.
~By David Romano~

Denise "Corbit" Anders


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