MIDDLEBURY — Shirley Ruth Richmond Karnes passed away peacefully at her home in Middlebury on Sunday morning, April 14.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Anna (Schonzeit) Richmond, as a young woman she studied voice and sang in recitals as a mezzosoprano with dreams of becoming a professional singer. Opera was her great love and she attended performances at the old and new Metropolitan Opera houses, later instilling a love of classical music in her children and grandchildren.
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