Geraldine Richey


Lady Geraldine Richey, 69, of Ravenna Township, Portage County was born on March 5, 1955, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She went from her earthly home on March 22, 2024, to her heavenly home.

Geraldine accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at a young age. She was an active member of Greater St. James COGIC, Fremont Ohio under the leadership of Bishop William Morgan James, where she served faithfully as choir director and Sunday school teacher.

Geraldine graduated from Fremont Ross High School and attended Terra Community College majoring in Early Childhood Education. She was married to Dennis Richey, Sr. for 44 years, marrying the love of her life on January 12, 1980. Two children LaShana and Dennis Jr were born to this union.

In 2001 Geraldine retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 15 years of dedicated service.

In 2006 she moved to Columbus to serve in the ministry along with her husband. She entered into membership at The Word Church COGIC, under the leadership of Pastor Eddie Parker III. In 2010 she supported and traveled with her husband who was appointed as National Adjutant serving Bishop Edward T Cook and Bishop Charles E. Blake.

December 2012 her husband was appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Winfield COGIC, Ravenna, OH. Lady Richey was the epitome of a First Lady, exemplifying grace and humility serving faithfully for 11 years. She was in the choir, praise team, Mother’s board, taught Bible study, and preached on assigned Sundays. She was also a member of the Ohio North First Jurisdiction and National Church Pastor’s wives’ circle. She was also a licensed Evangelist Missionary.

During her tenure and life in Ravenna she was active in the community and received a citation of merit and outstanding citizen award from Portage County Commissioners. She was also honored with numerous other awards for her dedication and commitment to the church. Lady Richey loved her family and immensely enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid shopper.

As we celebrate the life and Legacy of Lady Richey it is obvious that she was a courageous woman of great faith that lived and believed in her favorite scripture Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Lady Richey was a living miracle having experienced three different cancer diagnoses in 2007, 2014, and 2019. However, her faith in God never wavered and she never stop trusting in God and living her life! She was a living testimony of God’s healing power.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, Ennis Jones and Annie Lou Jones. Her brothers John Henry (Boot) Jones, and an infant sibling.

Geraldine leaves to cherish her memory, husband Dennis Richey, Sr. children, LaShana (Zach) Smith and Dennis Richey, Jr., grandchildren Essence Edwards, Ethan Smith, DeNaijah Richey, and Loveya Richey; sister, Betty Jones; brothers, Frank Jones and Paink Jones.

Visitation 3:00pm and Homegoing Service 4:00pm Sunday, April 7, 2024 at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, 858 E. 3rd Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Interment 10:15am Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville, OH.

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Condolence Messages

  1. To my family so sorry for your loss she was a sweet lovable lady and be greatly missed but she in gods hands love y’all cousin Brenda Heidelburg Hicks

  2. Dexter Robertson

    My condolences. I am grateful and blessed to know of her. I continue to pray for the Richey family.

  3. I was lost for any kind of expressions or actions when I heard about our loss. She was like another sister and definitely a dear friend. We grew up together in church the community and graduated from the same school the same year She ALWAYS will be remembered as a forever special person in my life. Prayers to you Eld Richey and your children. You will always be in my thoughts FOREVER!!! YOUR FRIEND, PASTOR C. J. BUREL

  4. La Shana , I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time

  5. Deaconess Brenda Walker

    Wait on the Lord and He shall strengthen thine heart.
    Psalms 27:14
    In your time of sorrow, may you find peace in His presence as He gives you strength for today and hope for tomorrow. With prayers and Deepest Sympathy.
    Love the Walker family Brenda and Gregory
    Triedstone Baptist Church OH

  6. Vonnie Heidelburg

    My condolences to my family I miss my sister already the talks we had and memories we shared love you forever sister. Praying for you Elder and the family.

  7. My condolences to my family and keeping you in my prayers! Love you and your family

  8. Charlene Fisher

    Heartfelt Sympathy going out to you , ELDER RICHEY and family. Knowing the Lord surrounds you with grace, mercy and everlasting love, gives you Comfort needed at this difficult time.
    The Davis family
    Charlene, Janie, Barbara, Debbie and Ronda. Fremont ohio

  9. Constance (Connie) Burel

    My sista, my friend….. We grew up together, went to the same schools and church, we often talk about her singing the song, Ye shall receive when the Holy Ghost comes, Power Lord, Power!!! Words can’t express how my family is feeling, we love her so much!!! She is a great Mother, friend and woman of God and I know she is resting in the arms of Jesus!!! I am praying for you all, Pastor Dennis, LaShanna, Dennis and the rest of her family, especially Betty!!! We will be there with you all to celebrate this great woman!!!

  10. Martha ( Heschel) Mueller

    My heart is sad. I have. Been a long time friend ship with Geraldine in r school years an now we talk on an off throw the years. I miss u my friend.

  11. Dr Geraldine Hayes Nelson

    To the family of Lady Geraldine Richey we the members of Portage County NAACP offers our sincere condolences to Pastor Richey and family. Lady Richey was loved by many all across Portage County. She served her people and family with such grace and kindness. She will be greatly missed by the community. Her heart for providing breakfast educational meals and luncheons, to the outreach and connection of agencies -,Portage County is a better place. I will miss you, Well Done Thy good and faithful servant!

    Dr. Geraldine Hayes-Nelson
    Vice president, Portage County, NAACP

  12. Elder Devonn Curgil

    I’m sending condolences to Pastor and the Richey Family . First Lady Richey was a sweet lady! I will continue to pray for you all and the church family.

  13. Pastor Richey and family our condolences may god give you strength through this difficult time . RIP my friend.

  14. Fabienne Goins Butler

    My deepest condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. God will guide you through keep holding to his hand.

  15. To the entire family of Pastor and Evangelist Richey: praying for God’s blessings, strength, peace, healing, and grace cover and undergird you all during this time.
    My prayers shall continue to be with you.
    Yours in service,

  16. Bishop Pat McKinstry

    Pastor; we are certainly in ongoing prayers for family.
    Bishop Pat McKinstry

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