Elizabeth J. (Betty) Richards (Wisner)

Date of Birth: May 28, 1931  |   Date of Death: February 5, 2017   |   Service Date: To be held at a later date. 

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Richards (Wisner) died in San Marcos, Texas on February 5, 2017.  Betty was born to Margaret and Fitz Wisner in Bozeman, Montana on May 28, 1931.

While growing up, she lived and attended elementary schools at various mining camps in Montana where her father worked as a journeyman carpenter.  She attended high school for two years in Deer Lodge, Montana and two years in Bozeman, Montana where she graduated in 1950.  After high school, she studied and practiced X-ray technology at the Great Falls, Montana Deaconess Hospital.  In Great Falls she met and  married Merwin Richards, an Air Force officer stationed at Malmstrom AFB.  She and Merwin spent 30-odd years in the service, living in a number of places in the U.S. and overseas including Stuttgart, Germany and Naples, Italy.  Betty had an enduring interest in and love of people, and so, enjoyed immensely the service-spouse life where she met a plethora of individuals of different backgrounds and interests.  After retirement, she and Merwin moved to San Marcos, Texas where they lived for 31 years.  Betty was an accomplished oil-painting artist and applied her talents during all of her adult life, leaving a legacy of beautiful oil paintings at various places around the world.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Merwin Richards of San Marcos; a daughter, Janet Kovac of Louisville, Kentucky; a son, Blake Richards (and spouse, Sandra) of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was a classy lady; a wise and generous wife, mother and grandmother whose love and counsel will be sorely missed but cherished forever.

Her ashes will be interred at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  A memorial service to celebrate and give thanks for her life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com


2 Condolences

  • Beryl Richards

    February 11th, 2017 on 7:50 pm

    A marvelous person who in spite of my lack of social skills treated me like I knew what I was doing. You always felt good when with Betty. One of the most positive people I ever knew.

  • Denise Martin Treat

    February 12th, 2017 on 11:53 pm

    Rich, Janet and Blake:
    I am Karen Martin Kinsey’s twin sister, living in Bozeman,MT. Karen and my Dad, Lynn talked so much about you and Betty and your family that I feel that I too know you. Betty was a very special friend to Karen and she will miss her greatly. I am so glad that Karen and Dad (when he visited her in San Antonio)were able to connect with that side of the family. Dad used to talk about your visits quite a bit.
    I have made notations completing more of our family tree-a big interest of mine. Hopefully someday I will be able to meet you also.
    My deepest sympathies to you all in your lose of your wife and mother.
    Denise Martin Treat
    Bozeman, MT

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