Norma Ruff Richardson PDF Print E-mail

Sara Norma Ruff Richardson , 77, of Pomaria died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at her residence.

Born on March 22, 1936,  in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late David Feldon and Sara Hentz Ruff. She graduated cum laude from Newberry College and was a retired English teacher, having taught at Chapin High School for 36 years. She was a former Teacher of the Year and served as Senior Class Sponsor for a number of years. After her retirement, she was employed by Artic Chill where she worked in the Accounts Receivable Department for 7 years. She was a member of Pomaria Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and did secretarial work that included preparing the church bulletin for many years. She also served as a past Chairman of the Social Ministry of Pomaria Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, R. Paul Richardson; a daughter, Paula Lynn Richardson of Los Angeles, California; sisters, Mildred Wicker (James) and Jimmie Ruff both of Newberry.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Friday, December 20, 2013, at Pomaria Lutheran Church by the Rev. Doctor Derald Edwards. Burial will follow in St. Philip's Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Pomaria Lutheran Church Building fund, P.O. Box 246, Pomaria, SC 29126, St. Philip's Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 2461 St. Philips Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108, or to Newberry College, 2100 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pall bearers will be Tarry Long, Tommy Long, Keith Wicker, Eric Long, Hunter Key, Mark Ebert, and Neil Huffstetler.

Honorary pall bearers will be the Pomaria Lutheran Church W.E.L.C.A.

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#24 Elizabeth C.Shealy 2014-01-02 19:14
Dear Paul,Paula, Jimmie, and Mildred,
Herman and I were so saddened to hear of Norma's sudden death. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I remember Norma very fondly as one of the older girls who I looked up to during our days at Pomaria School. And Herman remembers her as one of the "Ruff girls" who sat with him on the porch swing when he was visiting his grandparents in St.Phillip's. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.
With sincere condolences,
Elizabeth Cullum Shealy
#23 Mack and Susan Clary 2013-12-20 13:03
Paul, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family.
#22 Carolyn Torrence 2013-12-19 16:31
Paul and Paula
My heartfelt sympathy upon the death of your
loved one. Because we believe in a GOD who
has all power, we know we will see our loved
ones again in a beautiful place
#21 John V Pugh 2013-12-18 18:32
Paul, please accept my Christian love and support to you and your family at the loss of your loved one. May the knowledge that others care bring comfort to you. Sincerely, John V Pugh
#20 Cheryl Connor Probus 2013-12-18 17:59
Mrs. Richardson was a very special teacher to me and many others. I know she has been enjoying heaven since she left this earth,and that fact gives me great joy. However, I know that losing her will be difficult for all of you. Please know that many of us believe she made a very positive impact on many young lives . A great sense of humor made us love her all the more when she played along as we played little tricks on her.She will be remembered with lots of love and respect.
Sincerely, Cheryl Connor Probus
#19 Teresa Mosteller H. 2013-12-18 14:43
I was so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Richardson's passing. She was a great English teacher of mine in High School at Chapin High and my heart and prayers go out to all of her family at this difficult time.

Teresa Mosteller Hooker
#18 Juleen Stuck 2013-12-18 08:12
I was really sorry to hear of Ms. Richardson's passing. She was a great teacher, strict, but always fair. She was not only a great teacher, but a good person as well. May God comfort you in the weeks and months ahead.

Juleen and Eddie Stuck
#17 Willie & Andy Morris 2013-12-17 21:30
Paul and Paula, It is hard to understand why our loved ones are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life that touched so many people. Norma was so special to all of us. Our hearts are so saddened. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You. Love and Peace, Willie and Andy
#16 Sheriff Lee Foster 2013-12-17 20:02
Our family extends our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved Norma. Through her teaching and work in the Church, she touched countless lives and made a big difference here on Earth. May those awesome qualities and the lives she built serve as a great memory to ease your pain and grief. God be with you. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#15 Rex Woolbright 2013-12-17 15:28
Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Miss Norma. She was a wonderful teacher and friend. I have so enjoyed a continued relationship with her over the years as she would call and come to visit me in the flower shop. Heaven has gained a "special angel". Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
The Cecil Woolbright Family
#14 Pastor Steve Jackson 2013-12-17 14:20
Paul, I was saddened to hear of Norma's sudden passing on Sunday. We were all blessed to have shared in her journey through this life and will be even greater blessed when we are reunited in our Father's kingdom. May God give you comfort and peace to sustain you in the days ahead.
Your's in Christ, Pastor Steve
#13 Diane Wesst 2013-12-17 09:04
Paul and Paula, so sorry to hear of Ms. Norma's passing, may God give you strength and comfort. Keeping you in my prayers. Diane West
#12 Barbara Bishop 2013-12-17 07:52
Mr. Richardson,
I am so saddened to hear of Mrs. Richardsons passing. She was my English teacher and a great lady. I always enjoyed it when I would run into her around town and we would reminisce about the good old days. I am sure there is a book club being organized in heaven right now! Prayers to the entire family!
Barbara Bishop
#11 Mary Havens 2013-12-17 04:27
Dear Paul and Paula, I am so very sorry. Norma was such a joy and blessing to know. She was a loyal, caring friend. My prayer is for your comfort and strength in the days ahead. As Norma was one who was a friend for the "long haul," know that I am here for you, in whatever way, for the "long haul". May your beloved Norma rest in peace and rise in glory!
#10 Mollie D.Graham 2013-12-16 21:56
Paul and Paula,So sorry to hear about Norma.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Take care. Blessings Mollie Graham
#9 David Swicegod 2013-12-16 21:52
Paul and Paula, So very sorry for your loss. I will so miss seeing her smiling face every month, our discussions of the books she loved so much, and the numerous acts of kindness and generosity she did for me and countless others. May God comfort you in this time, and cherish your happy times. Love, David.
#8 reva 2013-12-16 21:39
Mr. Paul, I was sorry to hear that Mrs. Norma passed away.Every time she came into the store she had a smile and spoke to us . We will also miss her. I know at the present time you fell weak, But be assured the Lord will give you more strength than you ever imagined. love Reva
#7 Beverly & John Merck 2013-12-16 20:19
Paul, you and your family are in our prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Beverly & Johnny
#6 Guy & Kathie Rister 2013-12-16 19:03
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Norma's passing. She taught me English. Prayers for your family for the difficult days ahead.
God bless all..
#5 Gale Shealy Smith 2013-12-16 10:28
I'm so sad to hear that Mrs. Richardson has passed. She was my favorite teacher. I'll treasure my memories and everything that I learned from her.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
#4 Terrie Mayer 2013-12-16 07:19
Mr.Paul and Paula, Miss Mildred, and Jimmie---
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Losing a loved one is so difficult-- and here at the holidays, it seems overwhelming. Cherish the wonderful memories and relish the good times. I know that Norma would not want tears, but smiles and joy.
She touched many lives, and each of us will remember her in our own special way.
God BLESS you at this sad time and know that your family is loved within this community.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Terrie and Johnny
#3 Olivia Summer Fulmer 2013-12-15 20:58
Mr. Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Richardson was one of my favorite teachers when I was at Chapin High School. She taught me for three years while I was there, and she was my supervising teacher when I did my student teaching. She taught me so much about teaching. She encouraged my habit of reading, and I loved the many books that she recommended to me. Although I haven't seen her in many years, she has often been in my thoughts as I remembered some of her lessons.
#2 Jim Mayer 2013-12-15 15:28
Please accept my deepest sympathy. May you trust the promises of God and find his peace.
#1 janice smith 2013-12-15 15:16
So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. With deepest sympathy. Johnny and janice Smith