GRANBY — Joyce E. Richards, 77, of Granby, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2020 at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego, after enduring a brief illness. 

She was born in Yonkers, New York, to the late Grace Cooper Collins. 

Mrs. Richards was a longtime resident of Fulton, having moved there in 1958. She was a past leader with 4-H, a member of the United Methodist Women, Bowen’s Corners Church; and a former member of the Cody Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary where she was also an active volunteer with the annual fundraising events. 

She was pre-deceased by her grandson, Jacob Richards, and her siblings and in-laws  Patricia and Harry Henze, and John and Joyce Collins. 

Mrs. Richards is survived by her husband of 59 years, Nelson Richards Sr. of Fulton; their sons, Michael (Susie) Richards of Fulton, and Thomas (Kitty) Richards of Massachusetts; her two brothers, Gilbert (Shirley) Collins of Fulton  and James (Ellen) Zahakos of Massachusetts; two granddaughters, Grace and Corinne Richards; and several nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc. 

A Memorial Service will follow at 11:15 a.m. at the funeral home, 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton, with the Rev. Mary Johnson officiating. 

Burial will be private.