Penelope “Pennie” Richards Gatt

Published 1:46 pm Monday, November 2, 2020

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On Friday, October 30, 2020, Penelope “Pennie” Richards Gatt passed away peacefully in the LaPlace family home she created with her late husband of 53 years, David Alfred Gatt.

Pennie was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The daughter of Harriett Fleming Richards and Louisiana High School Hall of Fame Coach Raymond Richards. She was raised in Delhi, Louisiana and graduated from Delhi High School. Pennie continued her education at Northwestern University of Louisiana earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For two faithful decades, she worked as a registered nurse at the River Region Mental Health Clinic treating the psychiatric needs of the underprivileged.

Pennie is survived by her two daughters, Jacqueline and Tonya (Benjamin), as well as her beloved companion rescue dog, Tallullah. A family graveside service will be held at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, Louisiana reuniting Pennie with her late Patriot husband, David. To share memories or