Archive for Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Obituary: Lois Richardson


June 5, 2002

Services for Lois Richardson, 101 Leavenworth, were last Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the Davis Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. Burial was in Mount Muncie Cemetery.

She died May 25, 2002, at Broadway Heights in Leavenworth. She was born Jan. 28, 1901, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Charles L. and Lavina Kay Richardson. She attended Spring Hill rural school, where her mother had been the first teacher in the new building.

In 1915 she moved with her family to Coffey County. She graduated from high school in Waverly, and began teaching after graduation.

She taught for 47 years in Coffey, Anderson, Brown and Leavenworth counties. The last 24 years were in the Leavenworth schools, Jefferson and David Brewer. She was principal at Jefferson School for one year.

She earned her bachelor's degree in education by attending summer school and through correspondence and extension work. She graduated from St. Mary College.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Leavenworth, a former member of the Presbyterian Church at Reserve, Kan., and a former member of the Christian Church and Sunday school teacher at Reverse. She was a member of the Kansas-National Education Association and American Association of Retired Persons. She had been a member of the Boling Canning Club, Little Stranger Extension Unit, Leavenworth Garden and Civic Club, and the Leavenworth Chorus Club.

Upon moving from Brown County in 1940 she made her home with her sister and family, Mrs. Collins Starnes. In 1947 she lived with another sister and family, Mrs. Walter Gable.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include three nephews, Charles Gable, Leavenworth; George Starnes, Oklahoma City; and Dr. Larry Magrath, Chickasha, Okla.; five nieces, Phyllis Gable, Leavenworth; Loyce Ann Barkhalter, Orange Beach, Ala.; Joan Creason, Nadine Northway and Jean Earl, all of Iola.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Christian Church, 130 N. Sixth St., Leavenworth, 66048.

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