A memorial service for
Beatrice H. Richards, a retired registered nurse, was held last Tuesday in St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church. Burial was in Forest Lawn.
Mrs. Richards died Oct. 9 in Lutheran Church Home of Buffalo after a lengthy illness. She was 96.
Born Beatrice H. Hockley in Arthur, Ont., she moved to the Buffalo area in 1928.
A 1932 graduate of Buffalo City Hospital School of Nursing, Mrs. Hockley was a nurse at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital from the 1930s until the late 1950s. She was the hospital's head nurse in psychiatry. At the hospital, she met her future husband, Karl Andrews Matzinger, a psychiatrist and neurologist on the staff. He died in 1956.
She later married George H. Richards, a retired chemist.
For more than 60 years, she was an active member of St. John's Grace Church, where she served as president of the church's Bishop Scaife Guild and Altar Guild.
In addition, she was a volunteer at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo Psychiatric Center and a facility for AIDS patients. She was a member of the Nurses Alumni Association of E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Arrigo of Fair Lawn, N.J, Mary Guffner of Angola and Jean Matzinger of Bedminster, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Dorothy Murphy of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.