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Wanda Richardson-Speck celebrates her 100th Birthday

Join us as we honor Wanda Richardson-Speck at an open house to celebrate her 100th birthday. The open house will be hosted by the United Methodist Women of the Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Lovell Building, 200 E. Fourth St.

Wanda will be 100 years old on Aug. 6, 2015. She was born in Norris, Illinois, and resided in Canton, Illinois, until her move to live with relatives and attend Rifle High School. She has many fond memories of her family in Illinois and her life in Rifle.

Wanda spent the early years of her marriage to Harry Richardson frequently traveling north with her husband on his work as a sheepshearer. They lived in a camper he had built on the back of their pick-up. Wanda washed Harry’s canvas sheep-shearing clothing by hand daily and spread it on rocks to dry. During this time they built their first house together at the top of First Street. They returned to this first home at the end of each shearing season. Later Harry went to work at the Rifle Creek Fish Hatchery. Together, they built their second house on the Fifth Street hill next to what was then the United Methodist Church’s parsonage.

When Rifle still had a JC Penney’s store on Third Street (where the Garfield County Clerk’s office is now) Wanda enjoyed working in the men’s department. Wanda was a faithful volunteer at E Dene Moore Care Center for 30 years, where she served coffee and made the residents’ lives more enjoyable. She now resides at E. Dene Care Center and appreciates these lovely facilities available to people in our Rifle area.

Help make Wanda’s 100th year memorable by greeting her at the open house. No gifts please, however cards would be appreciated.


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