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The church was prettily decorated with lovely cut flowers. It was a rainbow wedding and the flowers employed were true to the color scheme. Preceding the ceremony, which was conducted by Rev. C.A. Brown, pastor of the First Methodist church, Miss Nora Pattee played "Romance," by Rubenstein, "Rustles of Spring," by Sinding, and "Tameuri." She also accompanied Mrs. George Foster, who sang "Oh, Promise Me" in her always charming voice. Then the music changed to the Lohengrin wedding march, Miss Pattee still at the piano, and the bridal party entered the church. The groom and best man, Ernst A. Rytter, of Chicago, entered first, standing at the altar awaiting for the bride and her attendants, who were ushered in by Vivian Hayden, a classmate of the bride, and Robert Brannock, a life long friend. Immediately following came the matron of honor and maid of honor, arm in arm. Mrs. L.A. Henry, of Little Rock, Ark., was the matron of honor. Her costume was lavender Georgette, lavender picture hat and she carried a bouquet of pink roses and ferns. The maid of honor was Miss Marian Nelson, another life long friend, who wore larkspur blue with a leghorn picture hat and carried the same kind of flowers and Mrs. Henry. Little Jean Marcelle Ragon, only niece of the bride, made a delightful addition to the party as flower girl. She wore a dainty frock of green Georgette trimmed in real Val. lace, green hose, patent slippers and carried a basket decorated with ribbon, tulle, blue larkspur and daisies, from which she dropped flowers of the rainbow colors in the pathway of the bride. Miss Ragon, as she entered on the arm of her father, was a lovely picture in her gown of white satin, trimmed in rhinestones and real Alencion lace, hand made in Chantillilly, France. Her full shower of bride's roses and lilies of the valley was in keeping with her full length veil. Rev. C.A. Brown then began the ceremony that made Azalia Ragon and Baron Hubert Frederick Richards husband and wife.
A four course wedding breakfast followed at the home of the bride.
The tables and the home were made lovely with huge bouquets of blue larkspur, yellow daisies and sweet peas, rainbow colors. Also, other flowers, gifts to the bride from friends. When the guests found their places at the tables, L.W. Ragon, the bride's father, introduced H.F. Crunden, uncle of the groom, as toastmaster. Mr. Crunden has been a world traveler and held many responsible positions, and is now special agent for the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. After the first formal toast to the bride and groom, and when the guests were seated, Rev. Brown pronounced grace. Then the merriment started. Mr. Crunden called for three toasts, one from W. F. Reinhardt, of Valparaiso, a long time friend of the family; D.O. Kretzman, of Crown Point, cousin of the bride; and Miss Emeline Morey, of Lowell, a life long friend. At the proper time during the breakfast, the bride's cake, one present presented by the grooms' aunt, was cut first by the bride, then after that the groom assisted in the cutting. Mr. Crunden made much merriment out of the procedure. Bertha Burnham, Maxine Petry and Evelyn Hayhurst, in their pretty costumes matching the color scheme, went about, graceful and lovely, serving the guests.
Immediately following the breakfast, Photographer Adkins, of Momence, took several pictures of the bridal party, family and guests on the beautiful entrance porch of the home. Here also the bride arranged all the maiden ladies about her and turning her back to them threw over her head her bridal bouquet. Miss Myrtle Surprise and Miss Emma Alford tied for the honor of catching it, but the bouquet was finally given to Miss Surprise.
The bride and groom left on the 3:55 train for Pennelwood, Mich., for a week's stay. For traveling the bride wore a sport dress of lovebird green rajah silk, tan slippers and hose, tan moleskin hat, tan English tweed coat with raccoon collar. Rice was in abundance at the depot, also, love and good wishes for the bride and groom.
Many beautiful presents, tokens of love from friends, were no small part of the occasion.
The day before the wedding the bride and groom were both made happy by a cablegram expressing love and good wishes from the groom's mother, who resides abroad at Hove, Sussex, England. All present regretted that Mrs. Richards could not be with them on the occasion of her son's marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Richards will reside at Hammond, Ind.
The following article (hand dated Apr. 30, 1931) is from an unknown source and was found in the Clipping Files at the Lowell Public Library (LH--Buildings).
The only survivor is a niece, Mrs. Jean Ragon Collett, of Dayton, Ohio.
Mrs. Richards was a past president of the Whiting Women's Club, member of the PEO Sisterhood, founder of the Calumet Region Chapter of Questors and owner and operator of Red Barn Antiques and Gift Shop in Whiting.
She was reared in Lowell and attended the Lowell schools, graduating from Lowell High School in 1920.
She married Baron Richards, who preceded her in dearh.
Funeral services were held Dec. 16 at the Owens Funeral Home in Whiting, with cremation following.
Go to Azalia Ragon Richards, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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