PATRICIA ENSIGN RICHARDS, age 92, graduated with honors peacefully, surrounded by her sons on Thursday, February 18, 2022 at her residence at Red Cliffs Assisted Living Center in St. George, Utah.

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Patti was born October 29, 1929, in Stockton, California to Milton Wright Ensign and Mona Larson. She was married to Lorin Lovern Richards, Jr. on September 6, 1950. Together they raised six children during their 56 years together.

Patti spent most of her life as a loving wife and mother, later earning a Medical Assistant Degree and working for Lorin in his podiatry practice and for Dr. Richard Christensen, dentist.

She was an excellent hostess at her dinner parties and was dearly loved by many friends. Patti loved to sing and enjoyed playing the piano, needlepoint, and reading. She attended the University of Utah after graduating from East High School. As a result of her favorite class, she knew all the names of “The Spring Flowers of the Wasatch.” Everything in nature gave her joy. Patti and Lorin moved to St. George for the opportunity to enjoy the southern Utah weather and play golf year round. She served in several Church callings. Her favorite were as Ward Chorister and Choir Director, with hopes that some day she could lead the Tabernacle Choir on a Sunday morning. Mom was also a Hostess at the Beehive House and Joseph Smith Memorial Building. For many years, she also enjoyed being a reader for former General Authority, Sterling W. Sill.

Mom and Dad spent nearly three years on a leadership mission to the Liberty Stake in downtown Salt Lake City. While living in Bountiful, they couple owned a Seagull Book and Tape store which eventually became Temple View Book and Tape. Patti was a loving mother who taught her children to live and love the gospel.

She had a special skill at making things around her beautiful. When her granddaughters came over to play, she had “old-timey dresses, hats, costume jewelry, and crazy shoes” for them to wear for their “Molly Woppit” tea parties. During a trip to Disneyland with her grandchildren, Patti received the title of “Queen of the Late Afternoon” complete with flower crown and magic wand. All of the grandchildren remember the lemon drops and lavender candies she kept in her purse to share. Her signature accessories were her pearls and clip-on earrings. Even as she neared the end of her life, her pearls were still around her neck.

Patti was one-of-a-kind. She had the unique gift of being a bright light to everyone she met. No one left her presence without a smile and every visitor appreciated her listening ear and sense of humor. During the last week at her Red Cliffs Assisted Living I'm a-love-a love-a you. Center she continued to express her gratefulness for her helpers and thankfulness to Heavenly Father for his loving kindness.

The family wishes to express our gratitude for the many thoughtful nurses, medical staff, earthly angels, care givers helpers and Michelle with Zion’s Way Hospice who took extra time to genuinely love our mother.

To conclude our phone visits Patti would always say, “I’m a-love-a love-a you.” Patti loved everyone and everyone loved Patti in return. So as she was wont to repeat, “Good night Sweet Princess; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Patricia Ensign Richards was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Helene Ensign Maw, her husband, Lorin, and a daughter, Susan Dale Richards McShane.

She is survived by her brother, M. Dale Ensign (Elaine), her children, Kathleen Richards Ritzman (Lee), Steven Richards (Kip), Jon Richards (Karla), Matthew Richards (Kirsten) Bob Richards (Becky), her twenty-seven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Sunset 1st Ward located at 82 N. Dixie Dr. in St. George on Friday, February 25th beginning with the Viewing at 10:30-11:30am. Her life celebration will begin at 12:00 noon. A Graveside service and Internment will be held on Saturday, February 26th at 10:00a.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Cemetery in Salt Lake City. All will be under the direction of Affordable Funerals, St. George and Memorial Mortuaries, Salt Lake City

Services

Funeral Service

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LDS Meetinghouse
82 N Dixie Drive
St. George, UT 84770

Graveside Service

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Cemetery
3401 S. Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Services Handled By

Affordable Funerals and Cremations - St. George
157 East Riverside Drive #3A
St. George, UT

Family

  • Survived By
  • M. Dale Ensign, Brother
  • Kathleen Richards Ritzman, Daughter
  • Steven Richards, Son
  • Jon Richards, Son
  • Matthew Richards, Son
  • Bob Richards, Son
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Milton Wright Ensign, Father
  • Mona Larson, Mother
  • Lorin Lovern Richards Jr., Husband
  • Helene Ensign Maw, Sister
  • Susan Dale Richards McShane, Daughter

Life Story Info

Post Date

Feb 23, 2022

Personal Info

Born

Stockton, Utah, United States

Died

St. George, Utah, United States

Age

92

Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint
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Guestbook

Patty Ensign & my Mother Sally Melanie (Fullmer-Brown) Dixon, were such dear Cousins...They both enjoyed getting dolled up (everything color coordinated & jewelry, purse, makeup & the hair-do)...going to lunch & having "good times" together. They both lived in Saint George, Utah later in life & were able to stay close. They especially enjoyed having a good chats, which included laughing & reminiscing about their younger years. They would enjoyed staying up to date on how everyone in their families were doing. My Mother Sally, loved Cousin Patty & her dear Cousin Dale & Elaine Ensign & Helene.My sincere condolences to the family, Carolyn Peterson Brown

Carolyn Peterson Brown , Sandy , UT, US Oct 31, 2022

Patty Ensign & my Mother Sally Melanie (Fullmer-Brown) Dixon, were such dear Cousins...They both enjoyed getting dolled up (everything color coordinated & jewelry, purse, makeup & the hair-do)...going to lunch & having "good times" together. They both lived in Saint George, Utah later in life & were able to stay close. They especially enjoyed having a good chats, which included laughing & reminiscing about their younger years. They would enjoyed staying up to date on how everyone in their families were doing. My Mother Sally, loved Cousin Patty & her dear Cousin Dale & Elaine Ensign & Helene.My sincere condolences to the family, Carolyn Peterson Brown

Carolyn Peterson Brown , Sandy , UT, US Oct 31, 2022

Patty Ensign & my Mother Sally Melanie (Fullmer-Brown) Dixon, were such dear Cousins...They both enjoyed getting dolled up (everything color coordinated & jewelry, purse, makeup & the hair-do)...going to lunch & having "good times" together. They both lived in Saint George, Utah later in life & were able to stay close. They especially enjoyed having a good chats, which included laughing & reminiscing about their younger years. They would enjoyed staying up to date on how everyone in their families were doing. My Mother Sally, loved Cousin Patty & her dear Cousin Dale & Elaine Ensign & Helene.My sincere condolences to the family, Carolyn Peterson Brown

Carolyn Peterson Brown , Sandy , UT, US Oct 31, 2022

I have known and enjoyed Patti for 17 years, how I loved and admired this great lady. Now that we have learned all we could from this relationship, she has gone home to her savior, husband and daughter. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Nancy Campbell (formerly Liptak) , St George , UT, US Feb 23, 2022

Timeline


  • 1950
  • Sep 6, 1950

    Married to Lorin Lovern Richards Jr.