Funeral services for Jonnie Richardson of Bangs will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept.10, at Bangs First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Redmond officiating. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.
Jonnie Frances Richardson was embraced by the loving arms of the Lord on Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 100 years.
Jonnie was born in Jonesboro, Texas, to the Rev. Wesley Marvin and Eva Garrett Bowden on Sept. 6, 1911. She spent her entire life in Texas and had fond memories of life in her father’s Methodist churches and tent revivals with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. In 1931, she was married to the love of her life, Bob Richardson. She and Bob were blessed with the birth of their only child, Bobby, in 1938.
In 1969, Bob retired and he and Jonnie moved from Garland to Bangs. They enjoyed their retirement years very much, as well as visits from relatives, friends, and their granddaughters, Pamela and Susan.
Jonnie was hit with a devastating blow in 1979 when Bob passed away. Following Bob’s death, Jonnie devoted many hours to crocheting afghans and kitchen towels for her family and friends. Over the past 33 years, she crocheted hundreds of afghans and towels – all gifts to others. Jonnie took great pleasure “doing” for others. Her loving, giving spirit will truly be missed by many. She was a wonderful wife and mother. She was a faithful friend to all who knew her. She loved talking to people, she was a good listener, and always had a genuine interest in other's lives. Jonnie had a strong religious faith and always saw the good in people.
Jonnie is survived by her son, Bobby Richardson and wife Marion of Tulsa; her granddaughters, Pamela Reeves and husband Russell of Keller, Susan Richardson of Denver, Colo.; and her great-grandchildren, Clay Reeves and Miguel, Isabella and Maya Baylon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Pauline Bartlett and Dorothy Seay; and two brothers, Wesley and Dick Bowden.
For those desiring to make memorials, the family requests they be made to Bangs First United Methodist Church, 304 South First Street, Bangs, TX 76823.
Condolences can be offered to the family at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.