Ann Sherrill Richarz

sherrill richarz picAnn Sherrill Hay Richarz of Moscow passed away on February 21, 2017, in Pullman, Washington. She was 89.

She was born on September 26, 1927, in Lubbock, Texas. Raised in the tiny Panhandle town of Sudan, Texas, she enjoyed a childhood that included riding her beloved palomino Concho across the open prairie with her sister and friends.

After graduating from high school at 16, she attended Trinity University in San Antonio where she met Will Richarz. They married in 1948 and remained so until his passing in 2005. Will was in the Air Force so the family moved frequently until coming to Moscow in 1968.

She started teaching early childhood education at WSU, earning her doctorate at the University of Idaho before her 50th birthday. She continued teaching at WSU for 27 years, receiving many awards and touching the lives of thousands of students. After retiring she remained active in her church and as a volunteer at the hospital, Meals on Wheels and many others.

She was preceded in death by her parents Simon Delagneau and Laura Sherrill (Caton) Hay, her sister Paulette Hay Ryan, her son-in-law Sid Bailey and her beloved husband Will in 2005.

She is survived by her daughters Melinda, Charisse and Laura, son Sean, granddaughter Sherrill Simone and son-in-law Tom. Her warmth, humor and generosity will by missed by all those who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow, Saturday, February 25, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Sherrill Richarz Scholarship Fund at Washington State University.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

5 Responses to Ann Sherrill Richarz

  1. Mary Lou Kinney says:

    Dear Melinda, Charisse, Laura & Sean,
    So many of us in the State, local and National(NAEYC) early childhood education profession treasured your Mom’s professional wisdom, experience, skill, perseverance and keen sense of humor. She was/is greatly loved by so many of us–and will be missed. Sherrill has left a wonderful legacy to all of us in the ECE community and to the lives of the many families and children she touched. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  2. Barbara Willer says:

    Dear Melinda, Charisse, Laura & Sean,
    Mary Lou is so right! Sherrill gave so much to the individual children and families and early childhood students she touched at Washington State as well as the broader early childhood community. NAEYC is deeply grateful for her contributions as an author and leader, working to support the development of strong affiliated groups across the nation in the 1980s and 1990s. Her can-do spirit, huge smile, and infectious optimism will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to your and your family.

  3. Gritman Medical Center Auxiliary Members says:

    Dear Melinda, Charisse, Laura and Sean,
    Sherrill was an enthusiastic and active volunteer. The Gritman Auxiliary, Gritman Medical Center, and medical students receiving scholarships from Auxiliary programs greatly benefited from her involvement. Her can-do attitude and optimism made her a joy to work with. She will be missed. Our sincere condolences to you and your families.

  4. Tom Trail says:

    Sherrill was a wonder leader. She served as an inspiration to her students, staff, and faculty. I worked with her on several committee and she served on three of my graduate student committees. She insisted on high standards and quality work yet she was most compassionate and understanding of her students. Her research work opened up many new avenues for her colleagues and WSU.

  5. Dick Boysen says:

    Dear Melinda, Charisse, Laura and Sean, I was very sorry to hear of your mother’s death. She was a wonderful woman and gifted teacher. She served on two of my Master Degree’s committees in Child Development and Adult and Continuing Education between 1972 and 1975. Subsequently I served as the Education Director of the Spokane County Head Start and for nearly 40 years at the Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center. I still serve as the Executive Director. I had the pleasure of knowing your father Will too. Your mother was an inspiration to so many. She was so smart and such a caring person. She gave her students the confidence to go out and plunge into their careers. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Dick Boysen.

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