Mary Helen Richardson, formerly of Fayette, MO passed away at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond, MO on November 29, 2009. She was 90 years of age.
Mrs. Richardson was born on September 21, 1919, in Seattle, Washington to Bill and Henrietta (Smallwood) Cone. Mary Helen graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, MO where she enjoyed playing violin in the community orchestra. She married John H. Richardson on May 2, 1941. He preceded her in death on January 27, 1985.
The family lived in Slater, MO for many years where Mary Helen was a member of First Methodist Church and the Busy Bee Circle. She also taught kindergarten and served as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. When John retired from the railroad they moved to Fayette where she was a member of Linn Memorial Church and later the First Baptist Church . She also was an active member of Harriott Lawrence Garden Club, the M and M Club, and Friends and Neighbors Extension Club. Throughout her life Mary Helen enjoyed her family and friends and the time she spent in her flower gardens.
Mrs. Richardson is survived by one sister, Betty Warren, Carrollton, MO, two daughters, Mary Ann Simpson Polo, MO and Connie Newman Fayette, MO, one son in law Robert Simpson,, two grandchildren and spouses, Glenn and Shelly LakenburgerSmithville, MO, Todd and Dawn Simpson Overland Park, KS, and three great-grandchildren, Paige and Jake Lakenburger, and Haley Simpson. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, Mary Helen was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Bill Cone, and a granddaughter Rebecca Lynn Newman.
Services for Mrs. Richardson are at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, with Rev. Robert Simpson officiating.. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Both the service and visitation will be held at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Chapel in Fayette, MO. Following the service, a burial will be held at Gilliam Cemetery in Gilliam, MO with Ken Warren, Ron Miller, Dave Teeter, Elbert Hoard, Dr. Richard Taylor, and Stuart Simpson serving as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Fayette Food Pantry or to the First Baptist Church of Fayette, MO in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy 5 & 240 N Fayette, MO 65248.
Additional information available per family recompense.