Jeanette Louise Richardson was born on April 8th, 1917 in San Leandro, California and was taken from us peacefully on October 1, 2012 in Sacramento, California. We are very blessed she lived for a happy 95 years! She moved to Newark in 1964 from Vallejo. In 2008 her house in Newark was tragically destroyed by a house fire. After the fire she lived part of the time with her son in Sacramento and with her daughter in San Ramon. Much of her life was centered on the First Presbyterian Church in Newark. She served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, President of the church’s women’s society and president of women’s presbytery. She also was an active member of the worship committee and a church wedding hostess for many years.
Jeanette was a devoted navy wife while her husband fought in WWII. She traveled to many locations with her husband Stuart Richardson including New York, North Carolina and the Philippines. Jeanette served as a grey lady volunteer in military hospitals to care for ill and injured military personal.
She also enjoyed being involved in the PTA. She was a unit president and president of the Alice Birney Council. She attended many state PTA conventions where she became a dedicated and inspiring leader for others.
Jeanette’s favorite activity outside her church was square dancing. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the Keeways in 2008 and received the Golden Dancer Award for square dancers over the age of 80.
She was predeceased by her husband Stuart Esbon Richardson, her son Gerald Edward Richardson, her friend Luther Mac McDevitt, and grandson Brent Ross Richardson.
She is survived by her daughter Diana Peters of San Ramon, California, Stuart Richardson of Carmichael, California, her son James Richardson of Bishop California, and her eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Jeanette has left us with a legacy and countless memories. We will never forget our mom, grandma, great-grandma, and our devoted friend. She was laid to rest on Oct. 12th 2012 alongside her husband Stuart Esbon Richardson at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.