Ernestine Marie Richards, 61, of Miami, Okla. passed from this life on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, Mo.

Ernestine was born November 4, 1955 in Seneca, Missouri to the union of Edwin Max and Bernadine Eloise (Albertson) Ford. Ernestine was raised throughout most of her life by her mother Bernadine and stepfather, Earnest O. Wilson. Ernestine worked as a laborer throughout her life up until the last week of her passing.

Ernestine enjoyed taking trips to the casino, gambling and playing bingo. She traveled all over the United States sightseeing and visiting historical places. She loved spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter.

Ernestine is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one daughter, April Clark and husband Robert of Miami, Okla.; one brother, Max Wilson of Joplin, Mo.; two sisters, Twyla Cook of Oswego, Kans., and Lucinda Wilson of Miami, Okla.; and one granddaughter, Kaitlyn Clark of Wagoner, Okla.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Pastor Geoff Buffalo will officiate. Ernestine requested that her body be donated to Oklahoma State University Medical Science. Online condolences may be expressed at