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Constance Joan Richards

June 8, 1933 — April 14, 2023


Constance Joan (“Connie”) McCormick Hancock Richards, passed from this life and into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, April 14, 2023 in Westfield, Indiana surrounded by family. She was born on June 8, 1933, to Walter George and Helen Nelsina (Neiman) McCormick in New Haven, Connecticut. She grew up in Washington, D.C and was always grateful for the opportunity to be so close to the nerve center of her country during some of the most perilous times in its history. Her older brother Don served as a Navy medic aboard the USS Shangra-La during World War II, so she was deeply attuned to the events of those days. She and her father were avid fans and season ticket holders of the Washington Redskins.

Her family moved to Indianapolis in 1949. She graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1951 and attended classes at Butler University where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She married Herbert Hoover (“Bill”) Hancock on May 17, 1952, just prior to him shipping out to fight in the Korean conflict. After his return they had and raised three boys. Then, after an additional fourteen years, they had a daughter.

Connie worked for Walker Research as a research study supervisor, for North Central High School as a secretary to the principal, and for Warner & Swazey as their local office assistant. She was active in the Indianapolis Delta Gamma Alumnae club. She was an avid collector of antiques, especially ironstone ware. She was a member of the Antiquarian Club, the Indiana Herb Society, the Shamrock Garden Club, and numerous bridge clubs. She was formerly a member of East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis and was a member of Geist Chapel Church at the time of her passing.

She married William S. Richards on October 9, 1993. They retired to Bonita Springs, FL. Upon his death in 2005, she moved to Wilmington, NC to be close to her daughter. There she became active as a Stephen Minister at the First Presbyterian Church and as a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization supporting educational opportunities for deserving young women. She returned to Indianapolis in 2014.

She has been cremated according to her wishes and will be inurned at the columbarium at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, North Carolina beside her late husband, William Richards. Her family will complete this act of love in the Fall with a committal service officiated by her pastor who served while she was worshiping there.

Her family are planning a celebration of her life for Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Indiana Funeral Care Mortuary, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis. Calling will begin at 4:00pm with a celebration service beginning around 5:00pm. June 8th would have been her ninetieth birthday, so her children and grandchildren deem it fitting to celebrate her graduation from this life to the next and her first heavenly birthday on this day. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the giver’s choice.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Jeffrey Bryan Hancock (Vivian), William Jay Hancock (Mary Reeder), Jon McCormick Hancock (Pamela) and Julie Elizabeth Hancock (Greg Manson). She is also survived by five grandchildren (Jaime Louise Hancock McNally, Katelyn Elizabeth Hancock Prentice (Jared), Bryan Robert Hancock, Charlotte Reeder Hancock, and Catherine Reeder Hancock Davis (Jeremy) and two great-grandsons (Bennett and Anderson Prentice).

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, June 8, 2023

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