July 25, 1930 - Sept. 2, 2017
Edith Richards Lynch, 87, of Elko passed away on September 2, 2017 at St. Marks Hospital while recovering from a fractured hip. Prior to her injury, Edie had been residing for several months at the assisted living residence of Highland Inn in Elko.
Alfreada “Edith” Eckman was born to parents Jack and Kathryn Eckman in Lovelock, Nevada on July 25, 1930. In 1936, her mother Kathryn and stepfather Irvin Ambler, older brother Jack, and Edie moved to Elko. Edie graduated from Elko High School in 1949. Prior to graduation, Edie and Art Richards eloped to Winnemucca where they were married, an event that momma Kathryn was not too happy about, and was witnessed by close friends Mr. and Mrs. Bill Manca. This marriage of 54 years produced two sons, Wayne and Lee Richards. In May of 2002, Art passed away, and Wayne passed away in April of 2014.
Edie spent a number of years as the secretary at the Nevada State Children’s Home in Elko.
Many summers were spent camping, hunting, and waterskiing, with Edie herding Wayne, Lee and nephew’s Ed Harris and Neil Harris, trying to keep them in line. Art had to wire a hook up to an electric stove in the back yard to cook his harvest of ducks. Edie had become tired of the smog when the ducks were cooked inside.
Over her lifetime, Edie was very active in the Catholic Church and local charity organizations. The Animal Relief Foundation was a favorite of Edie’s, resulting in a fulltime presence of dogs at the Richard’s home. Her final companion “Jenny” was a constant companion wherever Edie went.
In May of 2006, Edie and longtime family friend, James Lynch, were married in Elko. This union resulted in a worldwide travel tour which included England, Hawaii, Alaska, the Bahamas and a number of other locations. They were constantly on the move; with the appearance of a shared belief that Mother Nature can’t affect you if she can’t find you. Edie and Jim split their residence time between Walnut Creek, California and Elko. Including many trips to a Lynch hide out cabin in Midas. After three years of sharing the companionship of each other, in May 2009 Jim passed away.
Once again, it was Edie and “Jenny” bouncing around with friends in the Elko area. Her many family and friends just to mention a few include, cousins Donna White and Bridgett Smith; Buck and Judy Boyce; Lenora DiGrazia; Lorrie Borland; Marge Keller; Russ and Mable Kite; Ross Peterson; Ardith Cross; Cheri Welch; and Sherry Irons; all of who helped keep her strong to the end. We would like to thank the care givers at the Highland Inn for the continual loving care given to Edie. Edie remarked numerous times regarding how caring and thoughtful these girls were.
Edie had requested there be no funeral service, but after cremation, her ashes will be placed at a location of her choosing. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23, at the Ruby View Golf Course Club House, 2100 Ruby View Dr., beginning at 3 PM. Come visit with friends and partake in a toast of Drambuie, Edie’s choice of after dinner libation.
Those wishing to donate in memory of Edie, we suggest the Elko Animal Shelter, Elko Boys and Girls Club, Elko VFW, or a local charity organization of your choice.