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June 12, 2013

Barbara Mook Richards


She took great pleasure in her role on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and applied her professional skills to a number of their fundraising activities.

Music was one of Bobbie’s lifelong passions. She played the piano for most of her life and loved to sing. She performed with the Smithereens during college, and later with Sweet Adeline choruses and quartets. During the last several years she sang with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

When Bobbie was no longer able to speak toward the end of her illness, she was still able to sing with family and chorus members and found great solace in music.

In the tradition of her mother and both her grandmothers, Bobbie was an avid gardener. Her home is graced with beautiful perennial gardens that contain many plants originating from their gardens. The rose arbor she planted for her son Will’s wedding celebration and the countless herbs and flowers that framed so many family celebrations continue to thrive and commemorate her loving care and sense of natural beauty.

Most of all, Bobbie loved her family. She was a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, and big sister to her five siblings, and the commitment she and her husband, Rob, had for each other was an inspiration to all who knew them. Whether facing life’s many challenges or turning heads as they whirled on the dance floor, their devotion provided the strong base that supported and nurtured their large blended family.

It was the strength of Rob’s love that allowed Bobbie to live her life to the fullest even while struggling with her devastating terminal illness.

The family faced Bobbie’s illness supporting each other, reflecting back the great love and courage Bobbie always showed them.

A memorial service will be held at the Mystic Congregational Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22

In lieu of flowers, Bobbie would encourage donations to the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, 289 State St., New London, CT 06320 or the Center for Hospice Care of Southeast Connecticut (




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