Lena M. Richey, 87, of Noblesville passed away on February 28, 2024 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Anderson, IN following an extended illness. She was born on May 8, 1936 in Tompkinsville, KY to Hovie and Olene (Emberton) Jackson.

Lena graduated from Tipton High School (1954) and went on to attend Indiana University. A young entrepreneur, she owned and operated a successful hair salon in Tipton for many years. She later began a career with General Motors where she worked for 30 years before retiring in the early ’90s. She was a member of the West Street Christian Church in Tipton.

Lena grew up on a farm where she developed a love of gardening. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, working on puzzles, and cross stitching. She was a sweet, gentle soul who smiled every day right up to her very last day. She has been lovingly described as “tough as boot leather”, but she wouldn’t hesitate to blow you a kiss whenever she saw you. Passionately devoted to her family, Lena will be remembered as the glue that held everyone together; she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Lena is survived by two daughters, Julie Flick-Palmer of Kokomo and Andrea (Lynda) Richey-Wilson of Noblesville; one sister, Doris Morris of Tampa, FL; five grandchildren, Jason (Julie) Flick, Melissa (Roger) Phipps, Nathaniel (Jessica) Flick, Elizabeth Wilson, and Logan Flick; and seven great grandchildren, Jamie, Noah, Adam, Alexis, Wyatt, Tessa, and Trenten. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and Monique “Mo” Augustine, a special friend who Lena considered to be family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Juanita Smith; her brother, Mike Jackson; a son-in-law, Steve Flick; and ex-husbands, Robert Shelley and Thomas Richey.

The family wishes to express a grateful, heartfelt thank you to Castle Healthcare, Beaumont Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Heartland Hospice for showing such compassion during the care of their mother and grandmother. Because of their kindness, the family was able to spend treasured last moments with her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of your choice.

A celebration of Lena’s life will be held at a later date.