A Mass of Christian Burial for Christine Anne Richardson, 69, of Jefferson, Texas is scheduled for 10:00 AM Friday, September 14, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Mark Dunn officiating and under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park. A time of visitation will be held from 5-6 PM Thursday, September 13, 2018, with a Rosary following from 6-7 PM at the Cpt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home.
Mrs. Richardson passed away September 06, 2018 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born March 6, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York to Leonella and Rose (Petillo) Memolo.
Christine has been preceded to heaven by her parents as well as her siblings, Eleanor Marra, Jean Davanzo, Natalie Foster, Marie Marra and Leo Memolo Jr.
She and her mother moved to Watertown, NY in 1960, after her father’s passing. She graduated Watertown High School and Creshelles Beauty Academy. She was an outstanding beautician for fifty years. Her clients were an extension of her family. She was also a dedicated trainer in the Weight Watchers organization for more than thirty years. She truly enjoyed helping people.
She married Dennis Richardson in Watertown in 1981. They have two daughters, Meghan of Fort Worth, TX and Caitlin of Euless, TX. She also has a stepson, D. Brett Richardson, daughter-in-law, Susan and two wonderful grandchildren, Payton and Braden of Woodbine, GA .
She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, including Karen (Tim) Adderley, Watertown, Pamela (Tim) Clement, Watertown, Patricia Virkler, Watertown and James (Dawn) Marra Jr., Omaha, NE, whom she considered like siblings, as well as a multitude of great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She always enjoyed her work as well as gardening, watching baseball and shoe shopping. She always said she didn’t smoke or drink, she “did shoes”. Dennis’ work allowed them to live in several states, of which she always preferred Texas. She liked to say she may not have been born in Texas, but she got here as quickly as she could. She was a lifelong fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers until she moved to Texas and became a Texas Rangers fan, spending as much time at the Ballpark or watching on television as she could. She was also intrigued by the history of Jefferson, including the story of Diamond Bessie, who like her, came from New York. She adopted Jefferson as her home and enjoyed life every day.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to The Battleship Texas Foundation. The battleship had a close family tie to Christine because her brother in-law, Vince Marra, served aboard during World War II.