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Mary Pearl Richardson, 96, of Sigourney and formerly of Packwood, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Manor House in Sigourney. She was born Monday, March 5, 1921, in Linby, Iowa, the daughter of Alonzo and Maggie Linder Brown. She graduated from Packwood High School. On June 1, 1941, Mary was united in marriage to Harley Earl Richardson in Lancaster, Missouri. Following marriage, Mary went to work at Dickey's Prairie Home Restaurant for 41 years. She was a member of the Linby Baptist Church and Zephyr Club of Linby.
She is survived by a sister: Margaret McQueen of San Diego, California; her nieces: Terry (& John) Collett of Pinellas Park, Florida, Angela (& Michael) Brown-Baetsle of Hedrick, Tricia Meier (& Troy Hawley) of Hedrick, Evelyn (& Mike) Brandish and family of La Nesta, California and Pat Brown of Grassland, California; her nephews: Verle (& Brenda) McQueen and family of Stafford, Virginia and Jim (& Kathy) Brown and family of Hawaii; her great nephews: Jason (& Michelle) Collett of Tega City, South Carolina and Brandon (& Lisa) Collett of Pulaski, Wisconsin; her great nieces: Kristen Meeker (& Brad Payne) of Ottumwa, Clair Meier (& Patrick Campbell) of Oskaloosa and Anne Meier of Hedrick; step great nephews: Joel Baetsle (& Amber McCaw) of Victor, Iowa, Trent Meier (& Tianna Deppe) of Ottumwa, Tyler Meier of Hawaii and Garrett and Caden Campbell; step great niece: Aubrey Campbell; great great nephews: Nathan Collett and Gavin, Carter, Logan, Aiden and Zander Collett; and great great nieces: Alexandria and Samantha Collett and Kennadi Campbell; step great great nephew: Kaden Baetsle; step grandsons: Rick Richardson and family of Hedrick and Ronnie Richardson and family of Oskaloosa; a step granddaughter: Mary Lou (& Jim) Hornback and family of Oskaloosa; and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two siblings in infancy; a sister: Florence Boulger; and five brothers: Harold, William, James, Chester and Thomas Brown; infant great nephew: John Earl Collett II; and a stepson: Rich Richardson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in the Fremont Funeral Chapel in Fremont with Reverend Bill Hornback officiating. Burial will be in Packwood Cemetery in Packwood. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Fremont Funeral Chapel in Fremont with the family present at the funeral chapel Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at 11:00 A.M. to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the family and will be distributed to a charity to be decided on by the family.
Published on May 31, 2017
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