Helen R. Richards, 85, of Tyrone, died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Altoona Center for Nursing Care. She was born Nov. 10, 1933 in Huntingdon, Pa. a daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Steele) Garber. She was married to the late Howard T. Richards.

Surviving are daughters Darlene Mills Fagan (Donald Nagle), in Altoona, Melissa Cowfer, in Tyrone, James H. Richards (Sharon), in Tyrone, John P. Richards (Anita) of Altoona; There are 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; four sisters, Betty Steele, of Tyrone, Mary Bass, of Pinecroft, Marjorie McDonald, in Osceola Mills, and Ruby Ricketts, in Utahville. She was preceded in death by a son, Gerald G. Richards, and brother, Paul R. Garber.

She was a member of The Wesley United Methodist Church and a former member of the VFW and American Legion Aux. She retired from the Dietary Dept. of the Tyrone Hospital after 24 1/2 years service. She was always enjoying bingo and crocheting. Friends will be received at the Derman Funeral Home, Inc. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to the Funeral Service at 11 A.M. on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Interment will be at Baughman Cemetery.