Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Sybil Lucinda Richards Richards
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Sybil Lucinda Richards Richards
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Sybil Lucinda Richards Richards
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Richards, Sybil Lucinda
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300396
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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February 10, 1926 August 11, 1981

"Death is NOT the end It is the beginning a mere transition
from this life to another life a better life a purer Ilfe an
Oley Rey

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Saturday, August 15, 1981
3:00 p.m.

Interment Nlsky Moravian Cemetery

St. Thomnas. V.I.


Sybil Lucinda Abraham
Richards was born on
Wednesday, February 10,
1926 in St. Thomas, Virgin
N Islands to her proud parents,
Louisa Clementina and James
Summersill Abraham. Her
early childhood education was
acquired at the Nisky
Elementary and the Charlotte
Amalie High Schools in St.
SAt age 19, Sybil was
introduced to the city of New
York where she resided until
S the year 1966. She welcomed
the excitement of life in the
busy metropolis with a distinct subtlety that was representative of
her lifetime demeanor of quietude and placidity a steadfastly
placid manner.

It was in such an atmosphere that Sybil became enamoured of
Alphonso Richards of Grove Place, St. Croix, Virgin Islands while in
New York City and there they mutually agreed to share their lives
one with another. They were married on July 31, 1949 and together
they raised four children, three daughters and a son.

Following their decision to return to the Virgin Islands and
immediately upon establishing residency on the island of St. Croix,
Mrs. Richards embarked on a course of action that was designed to
enable herself not merely to utilize, but to continually maximize,
every available opportunity for self-improvement to the fullest
extent possible.

The kids were now grown; the lengthy uninterrupted recess which
resulted from many years of domestic responsibilities was now over.
To Sybil, it was time to return to the classroom. She was ready. She
was willing and this she was able to do in more ways than one.

(Biography Continued)

Mrs. Richards reintroduced herself to the labor market by first
accepting a position as a Teachers' Aide. She later became a Head
Start teacher and then an elementary school teacher at the Eulalie
Rivera School in Grove Place, St. Croix.

She was not at all satisfied to return to the classroom as a teacher;
she felt a need to continuously pursue higher educational training.
Her perseverance earned for her a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Elementary Education as she proudly marched as a member of the
College of the Virgin Islands graduating class of 1979. In spite of
her many hours in the classrooms as teacher or as a student, Sybil
would always find time to crochet, read or spend time with her
grandchildren not necessarily in that order.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and teacher.

She departed this life on Tuesday, August 11, 1981 following
periods of intermittent illness.

May eternal peace be hers in her sojourn to God's closer side.

Gerald E. Hodge, Sr.



Husband ................................ Alphonso Richards

Alicia Doute Sharon Richards Bressendorf
Michele Richards

Son .................................... Winston Smith, Sr.

Phyllis Thomas Constance Graham
Marion Jackson Dorothy A. Lockhart

Valdemar Abraham James Abraham

Renee Doutd' Monique Doute
Crystal Doute Nicole Doute
Winston Smith, Jr. Anthony Smith
James Bressendorf Kwame Smith
Terique Smith

Daughter-In Law...........................Wenceslas Smith

Veloris Abraham Mary Abraham
Evadney Donahue Bianca Brannigan

Rufus Graham Americus Jackson
Alfred H. Lockhart, Sr. Ricardo Richards
Gustave Richards

19 Nieces 24 Nephews


Winston Smith, Sr.
Americus Jackson, Jr.
Valdemar Abraham
James Abraham
Leslie Graham
Alson Lockhart
Carlton Jackson
Victor Donahue


Cory Joseph
Milton Jackson
Anselmo Jackson
Olney S. Rey

Rufus Graham
Alfred Lockhart, Jr.
Winston Smith, Jr.
Patrick Williams

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August 12, 1981

To the Family of Mrs. Sybil Richardas

The Department of Education is saddened to hear of the sudden
passing of Mrs. Sybil Abraham Richards, a teacher at the Eulalie R.
Rivera Elementary School.

Mrs. Richards' educational career with the Virgin islands
Government began in 1967 as a Social Aide in the Head Start Program,
1971 as Teacher Trainee at the Charles H. Emanuel School. and from
1973 to her untimely passing, a primary teacher at the Eulalie
Rivera School. She had obtained her B.S. Degree in Education at
College of the V.I., St. Croix Campus in 1979.

She was born in Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas, and is survived
by her husband and four children.

Mrs. Richards death has left a very real void which can never be
entirely filled. we are left with the consolation that we were
privileged to know and work with her. She was a person of superior
intelligence and integrity, always anxious to help, whose life and
career could be an inspiration to us all.

We also take comfort in the fact that a part of her will con-
tinue to live, reflected in the lives of the students she has
Instructed and guided. As a teacher, she gave of herself perhapse
the greatest gift of all), and those students who were fortunate
enough to fall under her tutilage will carry her ideals, her
knowledge,and her moral principles into the Virgin Islands Community,
and the community cannot help but be a better place for it.

Our hearts are with her family and relatives at this moat
difficult moment.

Clifford A. Christian, Principal
Rehina S. Rodrigues. Anst. Principal
CAC/iSRt an


From our first introduction fifteen years ago, I recognized a very
special person in Sybil Richards.

Anyone who has ever come in contact with Mrs. Richards could
attest to the fact that she was a lady of outstanding qualities. She
was a good wife, mother.
She was loving, kind and understanding. She was sympathetic
to those who were in trouble and came to her for guidance. She was
always ready and willing to extend a gentle and tender hand to both
friend and family. Sybil was also ready to forgive and forget.
Yes, this is the Sybil we know. This is the Sybil whose passing
we mourn today this is the Sybil who has left us a legacy through
her life of humility.

To her many relatives and friends I say, death in any form
forces a degree of unimagined pain and grief upon us as human
beings which is understandable. Express your feelings. However,
may I suggest that as we are gripped by this reality, we take solace
in the words of our Lord recited in John 14:1-3, "Let not your
hearts be troubled. Ye believe in God believe in me. In my Father's
house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you
unto myself that where I am there you may be also."

May Sybil rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

Patrick N. Williams and Family


Organist...................................... Tyrone Lans

Congregational Hymn ......................... Hymn No. 189
I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus

Liturgy ...................................... Pgs. 87-89

Congregation..................................... Psalm 23

Solo....... 0 Love That Will Not Let Me Go ...... Rufus Graham

Psalm 27 ............................ Rev. Dr. Charles Peters

Gospel Reading: John 14:1-21 ..........Rev. E. Hampton Morgan

Eulogy................................... Monique Dout6

Solo........ I Ask The Lord to Comfort Me........ Rena Thomas

Meditation. ............................ Rev. Gaveston David

Congregational Hymn ........................ Hymn No. 209
And Can It Be

Liturgy ....................................... .Pgs. 90-92

Congregational Hymn ......................... Hymn No. 341
Increase Our Faith

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