Nancy Ann Richards

Nancy Richards - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY:  Nancy Richards passed January 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Her cherished family and friends were by her side. She is predeceased by parents Helen and Joseph Richards of Hudson, NY. Nancy is survived by her daughters Stacy Youst Sillen, Shawna Sannier (Adrian), Liesl Dineen (John) and her grandchildren Savannah, Andy, Sean, Ben and Sarah. She is also survived by Lorie Seagren her partner in life for over 47 years. All loved beyond measure.

After completing a BA degree from SUNY Albany and a MS degree from Michigan State University, she continued a career as an English teacher and as a guidance counselor for over 25 years with the Rochester City School District.

After her retirement she became involved with photography which she pursued passionately. As a member of American Association of University Women, she worked tirelessly on the newsletter and the Art Forum.

In addition to photographing family events extensively, she found photography to be the medium which blended her story telling ability with her images. This resulted in creating a family motto, “If there are no photographs, it didn’t happen.”

A Celebration of Life will be held at a time to be announced. Those wishing to make a contribution to honor her memory, please consider Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY, 14450 or the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY, 14607. To share a memory or condolence, please refer to

11 Condolences

  1. Savannah Richards on March 20, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    So much laughter shared. She taught me how to use a computer and a camera and to see the beauty and humor in any situation. I miss her everyday and will try to carry on her joyful and loving spirit.

    • Liesl Dineen on March 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      I’m grateful every day for the love and humor I got from Mom. I feel the loss of her so sharply, but memories are everywhere, and I know that someday they will make me smile more than cry.

      • Sara Evyapan on March 24, 2020 at 10:31 am

        She was a wonderful woman and a credit to all of humanity. She lit up the room and encouraged everyone around her to be themselves. I wish I knew her better but I’m grateful for the time we did have together.

  2. Kris Dreessen on March 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    I met Nancy through Lorie, who was my high school art and photo teacher, who let me loose with a camera and in the darkroom to explore. I have become a photojournalist and professional photographer. Nancy, too, became a supporter, a cheerleader and beloved friend, just as Lorie. It is a true blessing in life to have people in it who support others’ – their dreams, their loves and support kindness. Nancy is and will always be one of them.

  3. Dick and Joan Haviland on March 23, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Such a lovely and talented woman! She will be missed by many. Love and sympathy to Lorie (Can it have been 47 years ???). her children, spouses, and grandchildren. A life very well lived! Dick and Joan Haviland

  4. Bonnie Bailey on March 23, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    My sympathy Lori.

  5. Barbara Blaisdell on March 23, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Lorie – I saw you both at Charbroil not so long ago. This news is shocking & very sad. Nancy was such a friendly, lovely woman. A fellow School Counselor ! I send you my most caring thoughts & much love. Please allow yourself plenty of rest. I am so very sorry. I hope I can be of some help in the future. xxxx Barb

  6. Christine Galvin on March 24, 2020 at 12:35 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved, partner and soulmate, Lorie.
    My deepest condolence. Christine

  7. sally wood winslow on March 26, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I am so so sad to have to accept this news. Two of my favorite friends and photographers were such a perfect pair.. It was a delight to know Nancy and show her work through the High Falls Gallery. Our many times together were full of joy and great talk. Prayers and condolences to all her family, especially to you, Lorie! xos

  8. Marilyn Tedeschi on March 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Nancy was one of our dearest Friends. I like to take credit for introducing
    Lorie to Nancy on a blind date 47 years ago! It was Nancy who brought
    us to our Park in Florida and planned many of our movies, tv series watches,
    restaurant pics and day trips. She was a talented artist, full of life, fun and opinions.
    We will miss her terribly. We are thankful she didn’t suffer long. . . Marilyn & Vickie

  9. Stacy Youst on April 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Dear Mom,
    Bedtime 1968 and your gentle voice reads me Little Women, by L.M.Alcott. Four sisters battle spirits of envy, criticism and wrath using transcendent values of faith and humility, self-sacrifice and sisterly love. No Barbie dolls allowed. You free us to grow up without having to act like girls. A magical free-roaming childhood of trees, gravel driveways, skinned knees, friends in the pool and, “Mom, Look!! Mom!! Watch this!! Watch me!!”
    You have us carry signs to integrate city schools, you inspire compassion for the shunned and scorned. You teach me how to make my own decisions, stand up for my beliefs, forgive the haters. I will never fit in. Time isn’t straight. Our past travels with us. I wander alone in forests of words now. Nothing is lost. It’s bedtime, you smell like Ivory soap and water. You read to me. And I love you Mom.
    Stacy Robyn

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