Betty Lou Richardson

Betty Lou Richardson, 91, formerly of Henrietta, passed away June 14, 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

Betty Lou was born June 13, 1923, and was the third of four children born to John & Ida Mae Scherlinger in Henrietta. After graduating from high school, she moved to Kansas City and became a waitress where she met, fell in love with and married Thomas (Tom) Richardson Aug. 29, 1942.  In November 1942, Tom was drafted into the Army and went to San Louis Obispo, Calif. for basic training and Betty moved back to Henrietta.  While Tom was in the service, Betty went to work for Lake City Arsenal in Independence,  and also helped out at the family filling station. Betty was notified that Tom was wounded in action in January of 1945. He was honorably discharged and then returned home to Betty in August of that year. Then, after 10 years of waiting, Betty and Tom were finally blessed with their daughter Nina Jo, Jan. 10, 1952.  The family later moved to Long Beach, Calif., in the fall of 1955.

Nothing made Betty happier than being surrounded by Nina, her friends and the neighborhood children. She was the mom that everybody wanted. She had a hug and a smile for everyone, and her door was always open for whoever might need an ear to listen or shoulder to lean on. Betty loved to knit, crochet, walk her beloved Layci and dance. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to so many.

Betty is survived by her daughter Nina and son-in-law Gary Gustin, her four legged companion Layci, three grandchildren and their spouses, five great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband Tom, parents John and Ida Mae Scherlinger, brother’s Lee Frank and Harry Joe Scherlinger and sister Mary Imogene Foster.

A memorial service will be held  Saturday, Aug. 30, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Lexington, at 11 a.m.  Interment will be at Cravens Cemetery, Camden, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. In lieu of flowers, by Betty’s wishes, donations can be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, the Jill Thompson Health Care Scholarship, Cravens Cemetery, or the National Kidney Foundation.


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