She was born July 13, 1931, in Pulaski, Ill., daughter of Willis and Wilma Edwards Richards.
Grace was a member of Center Methodist Church near Olmsted, Ill., an active member of Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 178 of Villa Ridge, Ill., and was very active in various community events.
She served as city clerk for Mounds, and later became mayor in 2001. She owned and operated Grace's Beauty Shop in Mounds many years.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents; a cousin whom she raised, Glen Richards; a sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Richards; and a brother-in-law, Le Roy Watson.
Survivors include two sisters, Marie Watson and Janet Sue (Paul) Farris of Villa Ridge; a brother, James "Jim" Richards of Mounds; a cousin, Mary Richards Hurley; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with an American Legion Ladies Auxiliary service, and from 11:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at Center Methodist Church.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Buddy Walls officiating. Interment will be in Cache Chapel Cemetery east of Ullin, Ill.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorials to the American Legion Building Fund, c/o James Richards, 223 N. Delaware St., Mounds, IL 62964, in memory of Grace Richards.