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Florita Richardson - 1920-2016



Florita Richardson, 95, passed away Feb. 27, 2016, at the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, Washington. She was born on March 25, 1920, in Bernice, Oklahoma, to Hardy and Ruth Ballard Fleming.

Richardson grew up in Jay, Oklahoma. She graduated from Chilocco Indian Agricultural School near Ponca City, Oklahoma. After high school, she attended college at Bacone Junior College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she received a degree in education. She later received a master of education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Richardson began work as a school teacher in one-room schools in northeastern Oklahoma and Colorado. Later she moved to Alaska, where she, along with her husband, Monty, taught school in Homer and Seward. She retired from teaching in 1977 after teaching for a total of 30 years.

Florita married Monty Richardson in 1947, in Langley, Oklahoma. They were happily married for 68 years.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (women's educational sorority), National Education Association, Eastern Star, Pioneers of Alaska, Seward Emblem Club and Seward Memorial United Methodist Church.

She excelled in sewing, knitting, crocheting and tatting.

After retiring from teaching, she and Monty ran a charter fishing business in Resurrection Bay. She was Monty's first mate where she untangled fishing lines, baited hooks, instructed people in the fishing techniques, netted fish, unhooked fish and other nautical duties.

Florita was preceded in death by her father and mother; all of her siblings; and an infant grandson. Florita is survived by her husband, Monty of Lynden, Washington; son, Philip (Vicki) of Lynden; daughter, Catherine Hedman of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter, Rebecca Thario of Lynden; grandchildren, Aidan Richardson, Alex Sharrow, Britton Richardson, Bailey Richardson, Ben Sharrow, Blake Richardson, Olivia Thario, Emma Thario and Anna Thario; great-granddaughter, Maryln Richardson and her mother Rebecca Edlin; sister-in-law, Ahniwake Fleming; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends in Alaska and the Lower 48.

Condolences can be mailed to Monty at Meadow Greens, 301 W Homestead Blvd., Apt. 205, Lynden, WA 98264. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the Scholarship Fund, Seward Emblem Club, Box 1357, Seward, AK 99664.

Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden handled the arrangements.


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