Amanda Belle Richmond, 93, of Elk Horn, Iowa, formerly of Cherokee Village, died Feb. 29, 2004, in Elk Horn.
Born July 5, 1910, in Caddo County, Okla., she was the daughter of Emerson and Phebe Prey Griffith. She attended a country school and was baptized in a creek near her home.
In January of 1925, the family moved to Omaha, Neb., where she attended Ashland Park Grade School and graduated from South High School in 1929. She received her nursing degree from St. Luke's in Chicago.
She worked for International Harvester at the West Pullman site from December 1935 until October 1942, when she joined the Army. She was a captain and was stationed in Amarillo, Texas, until her discharge Dec. 11, 1945. She then returned to Chicago and worked as a nurse at the Manufacturing Research Division of International Harvester.
On Sept. 10, 1952, she married Thomas Richmond in Omaha. After her retirement in 1968, they lived in Cherokee Village. Tom died in 1987.
In August of 1994, she had a stroke and lived in Monteair Nursing Home in Omaha for several months. She lived with her sister, Rebecca Griffith, for a year and a half. In September 1997, she moved to Salem Lutheran Nursing Home in Elk Horn.
She was an active church member and active Board of Deacons member of Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy. She also was a member of the Tri-County Nurses' Study Group and the garden club. She was a wonderful caregiver and volunteered many hours to her church, community, family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and other hand crafts.
Survivors include her step-daughter, Betty Toft, and her husband, Norman, of Darien, Ill.; a step-granddaughter, Wendy Hudon, and her husband, Bill, of Bewick, Pa.; a step-grandson, Andrew Toft, and his wife, Suzanne, of Denver; four step-great-grandchildren -- Quin and Celia Hudon of Berwick, and Hunter and Conner Toft of Denver; her sister, Rebecca Griffith of Omaha; and several nieces and a nephew.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Percy, a brother, Howard, and a sister, Mary Pries Musfeldt.
Interment was private in Cherokee Village.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy.