Jean Annabelle Hopkins Rich, longtime resident of Darien and Stamford, died July 30 at the Atria in Darien. She was 88.
She was born in Shelburne, Vt., on April 28, 1923, and moved to Stamford shortly thereafter. Mrs. Rich attended public schools, graduating from Stamford High School, Class of 1941. She was a dental hygienist and served as a WAVE during World War II. After being discharged, she was employed at William Gordon Jewelers on Atlantic Street in Stamford. Mrs. Rich was an active volunteer at the Stamford Hospital.
Mrs. Rich was predeceased by her husband, well-known Stamford businessman and philanthropist, Frank D. Rich Jr., in 2007. Mr. and Mrs. Rich met at Stamford High School and were married for 58 years. Both enjoyed a life enriched by the arts, travel and sports. Mrs. Rich was an avid reader, a natural athlete and particularly enjoyed tennis, platform tennis and golf, passing along this ability to many of her children. She was a member of the Stamford Yacht club for more than 60 years. She was also a wonderful cook.
Survivors include her six children, Lisa Rich Coats and her husband Richard of Palm City, Fla., Laura Rowland and her husband Christopher of Darien, Susan Rich Mailman and her husband Mitchell of Stamford, Frank D. Rich III (Rick) and his wife Susan of New Canaan, Robin Fulton and her husband Robert of Hilton Head, S.C., and Charles Rich and his wife Eileen of Suwanee, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, Richard Lee and Erin Coats, Elizabeth Martinez and her husband Wilson, Donald G. Lycan III (deceased), his wife, Kelly Lycan, Max Mailman, Michelle Rich Cielesz and her husband Christopher, Lindsey and Lauren Rich, Thomas and Kristin Fulton, Sarah, Kaitlin and Kimberly Rich; two great grandchildren, Annabelle Peyton Martinez and Cooper Scott Rich Cielesz; a brother-in-law, Robert N. Rich of Stamford; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 5, at St. Johns Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. A celebration of life honoring Mrs. Rich followed at Stamford Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the name of Jean A. Rich to the Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care of Southwestern, CT, 1266 East Main St., Stamford, CT 06902. To leave an online condolence, visit www.leopgallagherstamford.com.