Mary Patricia Richardson (nee Mitchell), a Vernon resident for the past 11 years, passed away peacefully in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Alexander Wing, on January 17th, 2003. Mary was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 17, 1921. She was the only child of James and Katherine (Widdows) Mitchell and her father was very proud of the fact that Mary was born on St. Patrick’s Day. James Mitchell worked throughout Alberta and finally settled in Edmonton working for the City of Edmonton school board. Katherine Widdows, on the other hand, emigrated from Cheltenham, Gloscester, England in the early part of the 20th Century. Consequently, Mary has many relatives in England to this day. Mary Richardson was a devoted Presbyterian Church member and attended may fine Churches in the many places she lived in throughout her life as a wife of a serving member of the armed forces. As a young woman, she was a member of the YWCA, and learned to play piano. After graduating from high school, she worked for the Federal Department of Agriculture in Edmonton before meeting Leon Richardson and becoming an Armed Forces wife in 1949. What followed were stints in Whitehorse, Edmonton, Camp Petawawa, Namao, Winnipeg, Soest (Germany), Ottawa, Camp Borden, Halifax, and returning to Winnipeg before moving to Vernon in 1992. Throughout her life, Mary maintained contact with her highschool classmates and friends in Edmonton. Mark Sturrock, Dorothy Newman, and Barbara Newman are some of her friends that she cherished through the years. She supported her family and reared her children to respect good values as adults and supported the Diabetes Association with eclectic interests in knitting, the arts and community service. Mary was adaptable to change and spent one winter day hitching to her son’s university graduation in a snowstorm. Mary was proud of her heritage and proud to be a Canadian. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Leon A. Richardson of Vernon, her son Jim (Roxanne) of Kamloops, and daughter Anne (Jim Valentine), grandson Sean and granddaughter Holly of Calgary. In the past few years, Jim and Roxanne have particularly enjoyed visiting her in the Alexander Wing of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The family wishes to thank the caring and loving staff of the Alexander Wing who made Mary’s journey of the past few years more comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. from the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home with Reverend Ed Millin officiating. A reception shall follow the service in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room. Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 542-4333.

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