BENTON--Lillian E. Richards, 82, of Benton passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Sunday, July 11th, 2021.\r\n\r\nLillian was born in Vassalboro on February 24, 1939, the daughter of Arthur and Dorothy (Lizotte) Reny. She graduated from Winslow High School in 1957. Lillian married James A. Richards in 1958, together they raised to wonderful children while traveling to many places due to Jim’s work. She made many friends along the way and stayed in contact with them. In her 45 years of marriage, Lil experienced several varied employment endeavors including Sears & Roebuck’s Catalog Department, Chasse Chiropractic, Uncle Jim’s Restaurant and Prism Painting.\r\n\r\nLillian was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church where she was in the church choir for many years as singing was one of the loves of her life. She was also instrumental in organizing her class reunions.\r\n\r\nAfter Jim’s passing, she met Harry Pollard Jr. and together for the last 17 years they shared many adventures at camp in Rockwood where she took great pleasure in watching the deer and sitting around the campfire. Also, traveling in their camper including a trip across country.\r\n\r\nLillian was known for her delicious cooking, including her appetizing vegetable platters and tourtiere pies. \r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents and husband James; her brother, Robert Reny; her sisters, Pauline Daniels, Mary Thorne, and Arlene Mayhugh; and her godchildren, Billy Daniels, and Donna Montgomery.\r\n\r\nLillian is survived by Harry Pollard Jr., her soul mate; her children, Scott Richards and wife Irene, Regina (Richards) Cain and husband Kevin; her grandchildren and their spouses, Mathew Cain and wife Brandy, Sarah Williams and husband Nathan, Melanie Thurston and husband Ben, Stephanie Gaddar and husband Nick, and Jacob Stinson, and fiancé Ashley Pelotte; and her great grandchildren, Cameron, Mackenzie, and Kyle Williams, Mavin Gaddar and their special boy. \r\n\r\nShe also leaves behind the Pollard Family and the Richards Family as well as her brothers, Donald Reny and wife Lorraine, Peter Reny and wife Jackie; and sister, Priscilla Perry.\r\n\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21 at St John’s Catholic Church in Winslow with committal prayers to follow at St Francis Catholic Cemetery on Grove Street in Waterville.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, family and friends wishing may make donations in Lil’s memory to Spectrum Generations, Muskie Center, 38 Gold Street, Waterville ME 04901.