Born Jan. 10, 1921 in Maple Valley, where she lived in her early life, she graduated from Oconto Falls High School and attended Marinette Teachers College. She taught in Gillette, Frostville and Mountain, having all eight grades in one classroom. She married Robert H. Richardson in 1945 and after he returned from service in World War II, she returned to college and earned a Bachelor's Degree from UW-Oshkosh.
They lived in Mequon for many years before moving to Lombard, Ill. and then to Green Bay. She was an active member of her community wherever she lived and the United Methodist Church. An educator all her life, she was a leader in the Literacy Council of Brown County, taught English to Hmong adults and created a learning system to fit their needs.
At her Church, she was a lay leader, Sunday school teacher, Women's Society president and a care team member visiting nursing homes and care centers. She also was a grief peer counselor and member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Brown County Retired Educators.
She is survived by two daughters, Dawn (Dietmar) Waessle of Germany and Debra (Joel) Huntley of Columbus; a foster daughter, Sandra (Ruben) Reveles; a foster son, Eugene Cleveland of Green Bay; a sister, Joy Rose Christianson of Shawno; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren in Wisconsin, Germany and Austria and many cousins; nieces; nephews and life-long friends.
Including her husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by a daughter Joy Ann and siblings, Beatrice, Savalia and Gerald.
A Celebration of Life was held at Columbus United Methodist Church in Columbus on Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. 2019. Rev. Sandra Schieble officiated with private interment in Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. Donations can be made to to Unicef https://www.unicef.org or one's choice of their local education or scholarship program. Jensen Funeral and Cremation of Columbus assisted the family with arrangements.