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Mary Karen Richards

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Published: January 6, 2013

MARY KAREN RICHARDS, M.D. was born in Jamestown, N.Y. on April 7, 1945, grew up in Auburn, N.Y., and died Jan. 1, 2013 at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center. Dr. Richards graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in 1971 and came to Arkansas in 1976 as the Assistant Professor of Cardiology at UAMS. She went into private practice in 1978. Among many other honors and awards, she became Chief of Staff at MOPAC hospital, and later became Chief of Staff at Southwest Hospital. Dr. Richards's early interests included horseback riding, scuba diving, duck hunting, white water rafting and later she became a black belt in Taekwondo. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Charles Richards and Fannie Richards. She is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Malone (Art); nephew, Jacob Akoi; stepmother, Dorothy Richards; along with many cousins, friends, colleagues, and patients. We would like to thank the staff at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center for the extraordinary care and friendship for the last six weeks of Dr. Richards's life. Calling hours will be Sunday, Jan. 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The funeral will be on Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. Services will be held in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home at 5800 W. 12 Street. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Mary's name to either the Arkansas Food Bank or your favorite charity. Please share your memories and send the family messages of love, comfort and condolences to Mary's online guestbook at

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