September 18, 1935 - March 26, 2017
Charlette Jean Richards of Medford, Oregon passed away March 26, 2017 of natural causes at Rogue Regional Medical Center. She was surrounded by loved ones in her final hours.
Charlette was born September 18, 1935 in Loraine, Ohio to Charles and Mary Moldovan. At the age of six, her family moved to Medford, Ore. where she graduated from Medford High School and where she remained until her death. She married her first husband, James Rouhier in 1953 and had three beautiful children. She spent her professional career working for the Social Security Administration where she stayed for more than 30 years. In 1984 she married the love of her life, Dale Richards, and was blessed with two wonderful stepchildren. For more than 30 years, Charlette and Dale walked hand in hand as they united their families, conquered adversity, and sought adventure.
Charlette was an avid fisherwoman who holds the 1976 Oregon state record for largest steelhead caught. She had a remarkably giving heart and spent countless hours crocheting and sewing thousands of items to be donated to the VA, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations. She loved the outdoors, gardening, painting, sewing, traveling, playing bingo, and reading. Most of all, Charlette cherished the time spent with her family; finding reason to bring her loved ones together for a good meal and a game of cards. Charlette carried positivity with her in all endeavors and touched the lives of those around her with acceptance, wisdom, laughter, and comfort. Charlette radiated love throughout her life; her infectious smile and warm heart will be missed dearly by those who knew her.
Charlette is survived by her husband, Dale Richards; her sons, John (Karla) Rouhier and Tim (Sandra) Rouhier; her daughter, Terri (Dee) Holman; her stepdaughter, Tera Dean; her stepson, Darren Richards; her sister, Carol (Joe) Rutte; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
As the family matriarch, Charlette blessed her family with a grace and vibrancy that nurtured and embraced individuality. While her passing leaves an unfillable void in the lives of her loved ones, her legacy will live on in the hearts of her heirs for many years to come.
In fulfilling her wishes, the family will be holding a private celebration of life for Charlette at a later date.