Mary Lee Richardson

Monday, November 2, 2015

MARY LEE (ANDERSON) RICHARDSON, a resident of Berryville, was born July 12, 1926, in Balko, Oklahoma. Her parents were Robert Lee and Flora Iva (Tockey) Anderson. Mary died peacefully at home on October 27, 2015, at the age of 89.

Mary's family and friends will remember her for the joy she took in other people, especially children. At neighborhood potluck suppers, Mary might skip eating altogether, in favor of visiting with people. She loved making jelly, pies, and "the world's best dressing."

The Razorback football team lost one of their most loyal fans. Mary would plot the Razorbacks' progress on a piece of graph paper as she listened to football games on the radio.

She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Berryville, where she was a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, and an elder. Her commitment did not just show on Sundays-Mary believed in living her faith every day, and letting her light shine for others to see.

Life on the farm provided independence and good health, and Mary immersed herself in the thousand chores needed to keep a farm viable. She could operate most of the farm machinery, everything but the bulldozer.

A pair of strokes in 2004 kept Mary closer to home through her final decade of life, although she continued to enjoy life to the fullest.

Mary moved with her family from the Oklahoma panhandle to Carroll County in 1933. She attended Pension Mountain School through eighth grade, and graduated from Berryville High School in 1944, as class valedictorian. She then attended Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Little Rock, graduating in 1948 with top academic honors.

After working as a nurse for several years, Mary served as Carroll County's Public Health Nurse until she retired from nursing in 1968. She devoted the rest of her life to enjoying life on the farm.

Mary was married to her first husband, Harley Gentry, and had a son with him. On December 29, 1957, she married Wayne Richardson who survives her. She is also survived by her son Mike Gentry, daughter Ann Richardson, grandsons Lance McCullough and Andrew Gentry and wife Mindy, and great-grandson Jarrett Gentry, her sister Flora Grabau, brothers Paul Anderson, Bob Anderson and wife Joan, and David Anderson and wife Betty. Her sisters-in-law are Lavona Anderson and Paula Anderson. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends she loved deeply.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Neal Anderson, Donald Anderson, Grover Anderson, brother-in-law Joe Grabau, sister-in-law Sylvia Anderson, and great-grandson Timothy Gentry.

Gathering of Remembrance with family and friends will be 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville, Arkansas. Memorial service will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 05, 2015 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to Berryville City Public Library, 104 Spring Street, Berryville, AR 72616, First Christian Church, 306 E. Church Ave, Berryville, AR 72616 or Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery, 305 E. Madison Ave, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.