Margaret "Louise" Richardson
Margaret Louise Richardson, 82, died November 12, 2011, with her family and friends by her side at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
Louise was born August 8, 1929, in Reyno, Arkansas. She moved to Colorado as a little girl to what was then the Metropolitan Ranch (now the Crystal River Ranch) where she first fell in love with Colorado and its beauty. Most of her life she spent in Glenwood Springs, which to her was the center of the universe. No place else could compare.
After graduating from Garfield County High School in 1949, Louise set off with her younger sister, Mary Lou, to try out “city life” and attend modeling and dancing school.
She then traveled while working as a telephone operator, living for a time in Modesto, California, Waukegan, Illinois and Denver before returning to Glenwood to help take care of her parents. She met her husband, Bruce Richardson in Glenwood Springs, was married on September 29th, 1956, in Denver and lovingly raised two daughters, Kim and Susie.
She worked as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell for over 30 years, and would proudly tell you she had a five-year streak of not missing a day of work and was always punctual. After taking an early retirement package, she continued to work at various jobs where she was always a valued employee and friend.
With her wonderful smile and feisty spirit, Louise was an inspiration to many and her “I will beat this” attitude and ability to always find something to laugh about will be greatly missed. She was a loving mother and has become a surrogate “mom” or “grandma” to many people who have crossed her path. She will be forever loved and deeply missed by those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her.
Louise loved her extended family, friends and pets. Cubby, her dog, was her best friend in the world. She greatly enjoyed visiting with her friends over a cup of coffee at her home. She was an active shopper who loved her at least weekly trip to Target and Starbucks, and visits to the Cyber Salon where she shared her love of gossip.
Survivors include her daughter, Susie Richardson, and 12 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Gordon, Dick, Basil and Eddie Halford and her sisters, Dorothy Chappel and Mary Lou Davis; husband, Bruce Richardson; and daughter, Kim Richardson.
A celebration of Louise’s life will be held Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the “Big House,” 4108 Sky Ranch Drive in Glenwood Springs. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please bring a memory to share. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Friends of Life, P.O. Box 4035 Aspen, Colo. 81612. Friends of Life is a cancer support organization, whose caring and support was priceless to our family.
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