Rita “Lyn” Evelyn Swift Richards

Rita “Lyn” Evelyn Swift Richards passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Lyn was born on Monday, May 22, 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama to her parents, Marilyn DeRussy Swift and James Swift. She was preceded in death by her father, James Swift. Lyn is survived by her husband, Michael Richards; daughter, Siera Mills (Jasper White); her twin brother, Rene’ Swift; sister, Carol Crocker (Scott Crocker) and brother, Joey Swift. Lyn was always a bright and caring soul and wouldn’t condone sadness, even in her last days. She made sure there were plenty of smiles to go around. When we were the ones who were tasked with lifting her spirits, she was the one who made sure there was happiness and laughter in the room. It’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t trying to make someone else smile. Lyn loved photography, the great outdoors, and her family. Her love for crafts is something that she shared with just about everyone she met as well. She will be so dearly missed.

 A celebration of Lyn’s life will be Saturday, September 2, form 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Charter Funeral Home.


  1. Brooke Tissier on August 28, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Beautifully said and so true. Laughter was always her preferred medicine. She was such an amazing friend and a beautiful soul. She will be so incredibly missed.

  2. Barbara Sutton on August 29, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Lyn was such a ray of sunshine and I always looked forward to her visits with Candace – she made everything more fun! She was beautiful inside and out and will be dearly missed by so many!
    Till we meet again,
    Barbara Sutton

  3. Bobby Mitchum. Bobby Mitchum on August 29, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    Lyn will be dearly missed by all who knew Her.
    Bob Mitchum.

  4. Laura Richards on August 29, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    So many cherished Happy Hippie memories! You’ll be missed, sister!

  5. Vee Boliek McDermott on August 31, 2023 at 2:04 am

    Rita Lyn was a born with a God given creative spirit. I have fond memories of being with her. I am so sorry for your loss. God will comfort you in your grief.

  6. Amy Caslow on August 31, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Prayers for peace and comfort for all who loved her during these days ahead. Even her name brings smiles.