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Martha M. Riches

February 28, 2018

Martha M. RichesMartha M. Riches, 92, of Stone Mills passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, March 4, from 2 - 5PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church, LaFargeville at 11AM on Monday, March 5, with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in the spring in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville.

Martha was born in Henderson on January 16, 1926, daughter of Frank and Cora Hastings Phillips. She was a graduate of Clayton High School and attended Crane School of Music for one year. On August 29, 1947 she married James H. Riches at St. Mary's Church, Clayton. Mr. Riches died December 4, 1996.

She was a waitress, working at the Gunn's Corners Inn and Longway's Diner. She also worked in the cafeteria at LaFargeville Central School. With her husband, she owned and operated the family dairy farm and for the Watertown Daily Times, they were rural paper route carriers. Martha was a communicant of St. John's Church and was active in church activities, including its Harvest Dinner. She was a member of the Stone Mills Agricultural Museum. She enjoyed cooking, baking, including cakes for special occasions, crocheting, playing the piano, and square dancing.

She is survived by her two children, Kathleen M. (Gerald) Amyot, LaFargeville and Joseph J. (Lucinda P.) Riches, Rutland; daughter-in-law, MariJo Riches, AZ; son-in-law, Richard L. Baker, Syracuse; ten grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, James, Martha was predeceased by three sons, Clarence "Clay", Richard G., and Baby Riches, two daughters, Diane Riches and Sally J. Baker, brother, Clarence Phillips, and two sisters, Marie Sanford and Marion Bisonet.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in her name to either Riches Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o LaFargeville Central School, PO Box 138, LaFargeville, NY 13656 or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#17 John & Martha Petrie 2018-03-16 15:21
Condolences from John and Martha Petrie. Fondly remembering Hop, Jim, Martha, and coming over to the farm to get milk. Wonderful family!
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#16 Dave & Kate Johnson 2018-03-07 21:18
Wonderful neighbor, full of wisdom, humor, and love for her family. She kept an eye on the LCS students (including ours) and always had that beautiful Christmas tree in her front window. She will be missed by many. Very sorry for your loss. The Riches legacy continues in your beautiful, loving family.
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#15 Jayme Lynn Spearnock 2018-03-04 21:23
Kathy, Joe and Families,
My deepest sympathy to you all...my heart was so heavy when I heard MarthaMae had passed. She was one of the worlds finest, and I have many wonderful memories of her. May she rest in peace with Jim....and her children...Thin king of you...
Fondly, Bruce and Jayme
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#14 Theresa M Ault 2018-03-04 13:06
My family has known Martha for many years. And what a wonderful lady she was. She was good friends with my mother and will be missed For sure.
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#13 Tim & Kim LaRose 2018-03-04 09:06
We are so sorry to hear of Martha's passing. Both Martha and Jim were wonderful people and are now back together again. Many fond memories that make you smile. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Tim, Kim & Family.
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#12 Summer Brown 2018-03-03 21:51
Nichole and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your grandma and she loved you. If you need anything please let me know. Sending prayers and love to you all.
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#11 james lawler 2018-03-03 10:48
Martha and Jim were great friends to me , we were all farming That Jim use to tease me all the time Rest in peace Martha
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#10 Sheryl Haller 2018-03-02 20:38
Joe, Kathy and Families,
So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I spent alot of time with your Mother and family and I enjoyed every minute of it. She was a wonderful friend and always treated me like part of your family. I know she will be missed. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to the memories......
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#9 Lottie and Phillip 2018-03-02 20:18
I'm so sorry to read of mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are w/ you and your family. I'm sure Marty and mom are cooking up a storm. Jim and Hop telling their long stories. Many memories of her. May she RIP.
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#8 Dalys Wells Montanye 2018-03-02 17:13
Diane,Joe and family,
Very sorry to hear the loss of your mom. She was a very nice lady.
Stay strong
God bless you all
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