February 28, 2018
Martha M. Riches, 92, of Stone Mills passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, March 4, from 2 - 5PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church, LaFargeville at 11AM on Monday, March 5, with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in the spring in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville.
Martha was born in Henderson on January 16, 1926, daughter of Frank and Cora Hastings Phillips. She was a graduate of Clayton High School and attended Crane School of Music for one year. On August 29, 1947 she married James H. Riches at St. Mary's Church, Clayton. Mr. Riches died December 4, 1996.
She was a waitress, working at the Gunn's Corners Inn and Longway's Diner. She also worked in the cafeteria at LaFargeville Central School. With her husband, she owned and operated the family dairy farm and for the Watertown Daily Times, they were rural paper route carriers. Martha was a communicant of St. John's Church and was active in church activities, including its Harvest Dinner. She was a member of the Stone Mills Agricultural Museum. She enjoyed cooking, baking, including cakes for special occasions, crocheting, playing the piano, and square dancing.
She is survived by her two children, Kathleen M. (Gerald) Amyot, LaFargeville and Joseph J. (Lucinda P.) Riches, Rutland; daughter-in-law, MariJo Riches, AZ; son-in-law, Richard L. Baker, Syracuse; ten grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, James, Martha was predeceased by three sons, Clarence "Clay", Richard G., and Baby Riches, two daughters, Diane Riches and Sally J. Baker, brother, Clarence Phillips, and two sisters, Marie Sanford and Marion Bisonet.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in her name to either Riches Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o LaFargeville Central School, PO Box 138, LaFargeville, NY 13656 or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.