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Millie Bea Richardson

Millie Bea Richardson, age 89, died, on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, September 11, 1933, to Roosevelt David and Mozell Audrey Miles Richardson in Cerrogordo, Oklahoma.

Millie’s heartwarming presence touched the lives of many, leaving behind countless valuable lessons and cherished memories.

Millie was a woman of many talents and interests. She found joy in the tranquility of sewing, quilting, and crocheting, crafting beautiful items that were practical and filled with love. Just as she loved to nurture people, Millie also found peace and fulfillment in nurturing nature. She was an avid gardener, who had a profound love for the serenity of the outdoors. Her trips to the lake were her sanctuary, a respite from the hustle and bustle of life.

Her love for nature translated into her fondness for canning. She was known to share the fruits of her labor, literally and metaphorically, with her loved ones, filling their lives with the sweetness of her homegrown produce and the warmth of her hospitality.

Known for her kind and loving personality, Millie lived a life rich with lessons that she generously shared. She taught us the importance of loving one’s family and the power of a good heart. Her strength, resilience, and humility were stunning, and the wisdom she passed on will continue to guide us.

Throughout her life, Millie’s Southern Baptist faith was a guiding light. She served her community and loved her family with unwavering devotion, reflecting the depth of her faith. For many years, Millie was a devoted homemaker, creating a warm and loving environment for her family. However, in addition to being a homemaker, she also worked at US Motors for six years, displaying a remarkable ability to balance her personal and professional life.

While Millie’s presence will be sorely missed, her spirit and teachings will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. As we mourn her passing, let us also celebrate the love and light she brought into our lives and the world around her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Richardson; one son, Steven Richardson; two daughters, Elizabeth Richardson and Margaret Gustafson; and one sister, Betty Clark.

Millie is survived by one son, Willard Richardson of Mena; one brother, Roosevelt Richardson Jr. of Las Mesa, California; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the Rock Spring Cemetery at Posey Hollow, Arkansas, with Brother Kenneth Posey officiating. No visitation is planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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