Mary Avila Dies at 97

Mary Avila

Mary Avila, also known as Bodicea Richards, was born in Trinidad April 8, 1924, and died on Dec. 23, 2021.

She was preceded in death by husbands: Silvero “Bedeo” Avila and Paul Richards; daughters: Yvonne Grant and Bernadette Dyers; and son: Paul “Steve” Richards.

Mary is survived by her sons: Francis (Susan) and Wayne (Brenda); daughter, Barbara (Hal); Donald (Marilyn) and Althea who she raised as her own children; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; special cousin, Annie; and numerous other family members and friends.

A public viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, at James Memorial Funeral Home, Chapel 4040 La Grande Princess, Suite 9, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Funeral services will be private.  The public may view the services virtually via YouTube. Please go to and click on the link.