September 22, 1933 ~ April 29, 2020

Born in: Columbia, South Carolina
Resided in: Lilburn, Georgia

Elizabeth R. Richardson (Betty), Age 86, of Lilburn, GA since 1972 and Lawrenceville, GA since 2013, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Ray Richardson, Sr. of Chapin, SC, on July 2, 2005. She is survived by son, C. Ray Richardson, Jr., and his wife, Janet P. of Buford, GA; daughter, Deborah (Debbie) Richardson Teal of Duluth, GA; brother, Herman Frederick Richardson, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer F. of Prosperity, SC; nephew, niece, her husband and 3 great nephews, along with several cousins.

Betty was a graduate of Dreher HS in Columbia, SC and a 1955 graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC with a BS in Home Economics and a Minor in Business Administration.

Carl and Betty became engaged in Paris, France while Carl was in the Army stationed in Germany. Betty married Carl on January 28, 1956 in Columbia, SC at Incarnation Lutheran Church, Columbia, SC. After Ray was born in Greenwood, SC the family moved to North Carolina and then moved to Denver, Colorado where Debbie was born.  From the years of 1964 – 1972, the family lived in Illinois, New Jersey and Nebraska making holiday trips across country every year to South Carolina. In 1972, they were finally able to move back to the South. Georgia wasn’t South Carolina, but it was close enough that they both decided it was their last move.

Betty’s contagious smile, laugh, positive spirit, and southern ladylike charm brightened the lives of everyone she met and made us all feel genuinely loved. Betty was an extraordinary homemaker and thoroughly supportive of her children and children’s friends’ extracurricular activities. She very much enjoyed playing bridge with her family and church bridge group. Betty’s love of anything involving music has been passed down to her children. She also enjoyed watching old movies and game shows. You could always find Betty dressed in Orange, White or Purple while watching her beloved Clemson Tigers.

Betty and her family were long time active members of St. James Lutheran Church, Norcross, GA and more recently a member of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville, GA, where her daughter Debbie currently attends.

A private graveside service was held, Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3:00pm at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth, GA. The service was presided by Pastor Mike Millum of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville, GA and was attended by her children: Ray, wife Jan, and Debbie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a church or charity of your choice.

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    • Dear Ed & Lois – Thank you for your condolences within this guest book. We still hope to get the entire family together in September to honor Mama’s memory. Hopefully you’ll be able to come.
      Love,
      Debbie & Ray

  1. We enjoyed seeing the slide show. Loved Betty’s beautiful smile. She was a lady who loved life and spread joy to everyone she knew. Thinking of you and praying for you.

    Allen and Libby Groover

    • Dear Allen and Libby,
      Thank you for signing this e-guestbook. More importantly, thank you for the kind words about Mama and your prayers for us.
      Love you,
      Debbie & Ray

  2. Enjoyed seeing the slide show. Betty had such a beautiful smile. She loved life and spread joy to everyone she knew.

    Allen and Libby Groover

  3. CandleImageShe was a lovely woman. Thank you for sharing her story and part of yours, Debbie. You, Ray and families are in our prayers. May the Lord comfort you and bring you peace.

    • Dear Sam & Jacque,
      Thank you for your kind words about Mama. We appreciate your prayers for our family while we’re missing Mama, yet as you said, we’re being comforted by our faith.
      Love you,
      Debbie & Ray

    • Dear Al,
      Thank you very much for signing this e-guestbook. Yes, Mama lived her life to the fullest extent.
      Take care,
      Debbie & Ray

  4. Betty was my first cousin, daughter of Persis (Percie) Parrott Ingram of Hartsxille, S.C. and Herman Richardson of Columbia, S.C. With my mother, Emily Bell Ingram Cade, my sister Barbara and I travelled south each summer during the 30’s and early 40’s to visit my grandmother in Hartsville, S.C. While there Betty came to see us and we became very close. We made many trips to Columbia to visit Percie and Herman. Herman owned a grocery store on Gervais Street. He and Percie were a loving family and warmly included us Cades. Herman was a prince of a fellow to a young boy like me and Percie always took up for me when I had been mischievous. and I loved her so much. These were wonderful summers – a time to treasure.

    • Dear C.D.,
      Thank you C.D. for writing such a special note of memories for Ray and I to read. Mama spoke of y’all often, so I know the feeling was very mutual. We’d love to have you visit us in Lawrenceville in September if we’re able to have the family gathering where we will honor Mama’s memories. I’ll be in touch with Emily.
      Love,
      Debbie & Ray

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