"She was a kind, sweet lady." Nichole Richards, Eatonton

357 LINKEDIN 3 COMMENTMORE

Friends pray for the Dermond family

Nicole Richards knows Shirley Dermond as a friendly face and President of the Eatonton Duplicate Bridge Club.

She describes her as a "kind, sweet lady" and says Dermond's been playing bridge at a cultural arts center in Eatonton, twice a week, two hours at a time, for years.

This year was her first as the club's leader.

"They voted her as their new chairperson and she was a good leader," she said.

But now looking at her driver's license picture on the news is the only way she and those bridge players see her.

The images of her and her husband, Russell, are ones that have captured the nation's attention after her husband was found dead and she went missing.

Richards says she doesn't know why someone would have abducted her and that it's left those who knew her worried and even more.

"Shocked….that something like this could happen in such a quiet community," she said. "This is not the type of place where this thing happens so I think everyone is just truly in….shock."

Richards still hopes Dermond will one day walk back through these doors like she did that last Tuesday, and that the family will find answers and peace of mind

"My prayers are with them. I know that they are suffering right now. I'm just praying strength for them. This is a very tragic, tragic situation, so I'm just praying for them to find peace," Richards said.

357 LINKEDIN 3 COMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.wmaz.com/1kZUIvE