Louise Pearl Richter, 83, of Omak, Wash., passed away suddenly Nov. 24, 2013 at Mid-Valley Hospital. Louise was born to Ernest and Anna Shipman on Jan. 5, 1930, at the family homestead in Goldstone, Mont.
She was raised in Rudyard, Mont., where she attended school until graduation. After graduating, she got her first job off the farm as a clerk at Sandvich General Store.
Louise married the love of her life, Joseph Richter, on June 17, 1950, in Rudyard, Mont. They raised six children together in Inverness, Mont., until 1963, when they picked up stakes and moved west to Omak, Wash. Joe asked Lou “Which way?” Lou replied, “I’ve never been west,” and they were on their way. The two purchased an orchard on Nichols Road in Omak. Louise had her last child Jeff, in 1967.
Louise then went to work at the Apple Shed packing apples. She then moved on to Gene’s IGA, where she worked for many years as a clerk. Later she went to work for the House of Draperies as a seamstress until she retired.
Louise’s greatest achievement was the love and support of her children. Her greatest joy was taking care of her grandchildren and watching them grow. Every Monday she looked forward to volunteering her time at the Omak Senior Center where she shopped ‘til she dropped. She loved to read, sew, play games, cook, try new recipes, and solve crossword puzzles. But most of all, Louise loved reading her Bible. Louise’s faith was the cornerstone of her life and the center of who she was. She was a past member of Christian Women and a charter member of the Church of the Nazarene, where she loved and appreciated all of the members under the pastorship of Mike and his wife, Hazel.
Louise is survived by her seven children, Myron (Kathy) Richter, Omak, Cheryl (Larry) Hill, South Bend Wash., Clyde Richter, Omak, Walter Richter, Omak, Wayne (Michelle) Richter, Oceanside, Calif., Janet Richter, Snohomish, Wash., and Jeff (Lynn) Richter, Edmunds Okla.; her grandchildren, Kyle (Brittney) Richter, Kaylee (Wayne) Beetchenow, Luke Richter, Sean (Cherie) Richter, Brendan Richter, Zach Richter, Josh Richter, Nate Richter and Macharra Richter; and her great-grandchildren, Caleb, Halle Paityn, Brody, and Josiah Richter.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Anna Shipman; her two sisters; her husband, Joe; and granddaughter, Jennifer Harrison.
A memorial was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at the Church of the Nazarene on Elmway in Okanogan, with a luncheon at the church following the memorial.
Louise will be laid to rest at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens at a later date.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.