Bessie Richards Enters Heaven

Deborah St. Lawrence

Antioch, Tennessee—Former missionary to Côte d’Ivoire Bessie Richards joined her husband Norman in praising their Savior on Monday, March 4, 2019. The 74-year-old had battled a variety of illnesses over the last few years.

Bessie and Norman were married for 50 years (1963-2013) prior to his homegoing in August 2013. They were married a little over two years prior to their appointment by the Board to serve in Ivory Coast in 1966. The couple spent the majority of their time in Agnibilekrou where they planted a church, trained leaders, and led the congregation to expand into village ministry. Bessie taught child evangelism classes, held Bible studies for women, and taught sewing classes as both an outreach tool and to help women support their families. She also worked in a reading room, promoting literacy among young people.

When their return to the States became medically necessary, Bessie and Norman worked with Home Missions in Louisiana.

Bessie’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m., at The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee. The family will receive visitors prior to the service, beginning at 11:30.

Bessie leaves behind her sons Gene and Randal, their wives, and children.

Her obituary may be read here.