Barbara Day Richards, born in Oxford, England on Jan. 1, 1929, died in Exeter, N.H. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, after a brief illness. She was the mother of Robert Richards, Victoria (Richards) Hingston and Frank Richards, and was married to Tudor Richards, who died in 2009. Barbara and Tudor spent more than 50 years together, bird watching, conducting trips for the Audubon Society of NH, and traveling. Barbara was a prolific artist, with many of her paintings hanging in the homes of family, friends and local businesses; she was an active member of the Seacoast Artists Association, she taught art to children at the Currier Museum Art Center, Bishop Brady, and Coe-Brown Academy; and she was a puppeteer, with her 'Small World Theater' conducting shows in Dublin, Hollis, and Hopkinton N.H. Her most recent show, 'Ocean Born Mary', was the joint project of Barbara and Justine Paul of Concord. Barbara loved gardening, poetry, music, and had many stories to tell, often about her early days in Oxford and her travels to Boston for the duration of the war. Barbara was a member of the Universal Unitarian Society, first in Concord and later in Exeter. She made many friendships through her community, through art and her love of the natural world, and through birding with Tudor and Audubon folks. Barbara had six grandchildren, Honor, Josie, James, Lucas, Ella and Chloe, and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Hector. She was a wonderful grandmother and cherished her time with the youngsters. A service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Phillips Exeter Academy church.
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