Jeannine Sorriaux Richards

Jeannine Sorriaux Richards passed away at home January 14th ,2010.

She was born April 6, 1920 in Macon, France only child of Cesar Clovis (Charles) Sorriaux and Jeanne Vincent-Viry. Charles was a veterinarian for his regiment. They followed him to his posts in Mainz, Germany 3 yrs and Meknes, Morocco 2 yrs. There she attended a private school for officers’ children. Her mother had taught her to read and write by age 4 and studied out of small geography and other textbooks.

The family returned to Nice, France for 3 yrs then to Toulouse, France for 6 yrs. Her fond memories are her 9 years of Girl Scouting and skiing in the Pyrenees. They returned to Nice to live from 1936-1951. She received her 2 Baccalaureates there, one in Law and one in English. The summer of 1939 she attended Alexandra Park College in Hastings England. As WW11 broke out she returned on one of the last passenger ships across the channel. Her father, Charles was called back into service as the army veterinarian in the French Alps where he retired a Colonel. Next followed the occupation years and the landing of the liberation forces.

In 1950, the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to their door. She was baptized the 30th of September in the sea. Jeannine was called as a missionary from Jan-Sept 1951. She received a scholarship to Brigham Young University graduating in 1953 with a BA.

She was secretary to the head of the Language Dept and taught French.

On October 12, 1952 she met Harold Richards, a returned French missionary and they were married April 9, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. Their only child, Jacqueline was born March 14, 1954.

The family then settled on a ranch in King Hill, Idaho. She worked at the Mountain Home Air Force Base as a secretary. Oct 1960-65 was in Kabul Afghanistan teaching English FT in 2 Afghan High Schools and mastering some Farsi then secretary at the Kabul University where Harold served as an agricultural advisor to the US State Dept. Return to the ranch 1965-68. Served a mission with Harold, Jacqueline and mother Jeanne from 1968-70 in New Caledonia, a French Territory.

Upon return built a home in Woodland Hills UT where Hal passed away in 1985 and Jeanne in 1986. In 1992 Jeannine came to Snohomish WA to live with her daughter Jacqueline and her husband Nathan and 7 children until she passed away.

She served faithfully in many callings in the church including genealogy extraction from 1980-85 match merging 18,044 cards. Her 7 years of Latin served her well!

She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Broadbent, 7 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.


Snohomish, WA Service

Snohomish LDS Dutch Hill Chapel

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

12:30 PM Viewing

1:00 PM Service


Salem UT Service

Salem LDS Stake Center

Friday, January 22, 2010

470 E. Salem Canal Rd

Salem, UT 84653

10:30 AM Viewing

11:00 AM Service



Salem City Cemetery

One Response to “Jeannine Sorriaux Richards”

  • Etienne Sun says:

    Dearest Jackie and family,
    Following our phone conversation yesterday, I’d like to send my love and sympathy from New Caledonia. Be sure that you are all in our hearts and mind. Your mom was a great teacher and a great elected lady. I learnt a lot from her teachings.
    I will always be grateful for the day your dad and her knocked on our door to bring that message of salvation.
    Thru this message, we have been seeled as an eternal family. What a great blessing for us.
    You are fortunate to be the daughter of great parents and great missionaries. Your are also blessed to have your two brothers (Jim & Lyle) to be with you, during your mom funerals. I really would be happy to be there too.
    Warm love, Fa’aitoito and Maururu no te outou here !!!

    Etienne Sun

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