Heaven gained an angel but we lost our beautiful, sweet and funny daughter, sister, wife and mother.
Haley Christin Rosbach Richards passed away very peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at Capital Medical Center with her family by her side. She was 41 years old. She fought a long, tough battle against breast cancer. Her positive attitude and drive to live as long as possible for her family was to be admired. She was a fighter.
Haley was born Feb. 2, 1980 (the year the mountain blew) to Joe and Sue (Christin) Rosbach at Centralia General Hospital. She attended Boistfort Grade School and graduated from W.F. West High School in 1998. She also attended Clark Community College taking classes in medical terminology. In school, she worked for TCBY and Andre’s Coffee House. She worked for Title Guaranty until she had her first son, Brody. She then went to work part-time at Cascade Family Medical until they closed, then went back to work for Title Guaranty until her illness no longer allowed her to work. She loved her job and she loved her coworkers. She made many lifelong friendships at all her jobs, and her sometimes crazy, always funny and unpredictable personality were the source of many discussions and wonderful friends.
Haley met Dave Richards on her birthday in 2003 and they married in 2006. For a time they lived in Longview, then moved to Meskill. In 2007, they suffered through the flood and lost all of their belongings. Through that tragedy they grew stronger and rebuilt their lives. In 2009 their first son, Brody was born, then another son, Brock was born in 2013. She loved Dave and her boys more than anything. She always attended their school and sporting events and supported them always. She was the perfect boy-mom — no fuss. Haley had another love of her life in her late dog Otis and new pup Louie. She loved them fiercely. They were a big part of the family. Haley also loved her trips to the casino with friends. She traveled to Las Vegas, Mexico, Disneyland and her favorite, Maui, Hawaii.
Haley was preceded in death by her grandparents Charles and Laura Christin and Jim and Dorothy Rosbach; honorary grandpa Bill Mullenix and mother-in-law Louann Richards. She is survived by her husband Dave Richards and sons Brody and Brock as well as her parents Joe and Sue Rosbach; sister Heather (Troy) Cox; brother Chris (Lacey) Rosbach; honorary sister Kelly Battles Clark (John); special friend and neighbor Kae Koch; nephews Carson Cox, Paxton Rosbach, Donovan and Eric Smith, Mike Jr. and Josh Ryan; nieces Abby and Bailey Cox, Vera Smith and Brianna Ryan; brother-in-law Rod (Jenn) Smith and sister-in-law Michelle (Dave) Snavely as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
“When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand; The angel said my place was ready, in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But when I walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down, smiled at me and told me ‘Welcome Home.’ So, when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.”
We will have a celebration of life, per her wishes, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at the Pe Ell VFW Hall at 1 p.m. with a potluck. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been set up in Haley’s name. Donations can be made to Friends for Life, 128 Christin Road, Chehalis, Washington, 98532.