Nellie Richardson PDF Print E-mail

Nellie Mae Thomas Richardson was born July 23, 1922 in Whitmire, SC and died December 15, 2018 at Springfield Place, Newberry.. She is the daughter of Algie Lee and Ioline Austin Thomas. She graduated as Valedictorian of her senior class at Whitmire High School. While working at the Whitmire Public Library, she met the man who would become her husband of 73 years, Ned M. Richardson. They married April 12, 1941 and became the parents of two daughters, Neda and Kay. Nellie worked for JP Stevens in both Whitmire and Greenville. She retired from the Dunean Plant where she worked in the Insurance Office.

Upon their retirement, Ned and Nellie moved to Newberry where they lived on Main Street . They became members of Central United Methodist Church. Nellie was an avid reader and especially enjoyed Agatha Christie books and poetry. She could recite poems for all occasions. She loved to knit, crochet, cook and garden. Most of all she loved to learn. She got a computer in her 70’s and mastered it. Friends appreciated the newsy letters she wrote in order to stay in touch.

Nellie cherished her family and her many friends. She was beautiful both inside and out. Many will remember her quick wit which she kept until the very end.

Nellie is predeceased by her Husband, Ned Richardson; Daughter, Neda Harbin; Sister, Grace Thomas Jerdo; Brother, Haskell Thomas; Parents, Algie and Ioline Thomas; and her beloved poodle, Taffy.

She is survived by daughter, Kay Richardson of Columbia; granddaughter, Kristen Harbin Novack of Ray City,Georgia; and her special friend, Becky Gadry of Summerville.

The family would like to express appreciation to Springfield Place in Newberry for the love and care she received during her many years there. A special thank you to the skilled and caring staff of Unit 4 – JF Hawkins and Dr. Bernardo and staff for making her last weeks as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to : Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250 or to Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center, 5866 Bradford Road, N. Hahira, GA 31632.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. David Surrett. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.

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#16 Karen craven 2018-12-20 22:47
Kay and family you have my deepest sympathy and love and payers MRS Nellie was always so sweet and kind love and prayers Karen craven
#15 Diane Rabon 2018-12-20 16:24
Kay, my thoughts and prayers are with you in the death of your mom. Patsy has shared some sweet things about your mom thru the years. You have lots of good memories that you will cherish.
Diane Rabon
#14 Rhonda Lindler 2018-12-20 15:28
I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed seeing your mother so much when ya'll would come in the shop. (Towne Square Antiques)She was a sweet lady.
#13 Gloria Ashley 2018-12-20 13:40
I just saw in the Newberry Observer that Miss Nellie passed away on Saturday. I was so sorry to hear that. She was such a sweet, hard working lady. My prayers are with you.
Gloria Ashley
#12 Angela Bowers 2018-12-20 08:28
Ms. Nellie was a special lady. She donated countless hours to the hospital knitting coverlets for our newborns and lap robes for our patients. We are ever grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing her. May God comfort each of you during this difficult time.
#11 Willie Morris 2018-12-20 00:54
Kay and Kristen, you have my sympathy. I am so glad I got to see Mrs Nellie before she passed. She was such a wonderful lady. She and Mr. Ned were always so special to me. You had wonderful parents, Kay. Kristen, they loved you dearly. I know there is a wonderful reunion in Heaven. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could have been at the funeral but did not know in time. God Bless You. Love and Peace, Willie
#10 Eleanor M Lawson 2018-12-19 13:48
Nellie was a dear friend of mine many years ago. She was always a special lady. I am sure she is singing with the angels. God bless you, her family, that she leaves behind. May God's Holy Spirit comfort and keep you now and in the days to come. In christian love, "Pete"
#9 THOMAS CRISP 2018-12-18 18:43
Kay, I can hardly think about what you must be going through right now without becoming emotional myself. Our mothers play such an important part in our lives and Christmas was what they enjoyed so much. My prayers are with you and your family during this time of the year when we miss them the most.
#8 Shana E Snider 2018-12-17 23:05
We are so very sorry for your loss. I got your letter this weekend and we planned on coming to visit the weekend after Christmas. I hate that we did not make it before Grandma Nellie passed. She was the best.
Love, Chris and Shana Snider, Bryce Jones.
#7 Linda Gobbi 2018-12-17 13:30
Kay. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you experience the loss of your precious mother. Although she lived a long and wonderful life there is a special hole in one's heart in the death of one's mother. My sympathy to you. May precious memories cushion your loss. Linda
#6 Cecil & Leigh Ringer 2018-12-17 11:51
Ms Nellie was a wonderful sweet lady. She was a neighbor across the hall at Springfield Place AL from our aunt. Myra Addy, and was so cheerful and helpful to Myra during her final months and weeks. We feel so blessed to have known her! May God bless!
#5 Lonnette Turner 2018-12-16 22:40
I'm so sorry to hear about this . I've know her many years since I work at walmart. She and her husband used to come in all the time. Lately she hasnt known who i was, but I'll always remember how nice they both were. Your family has my deepest sympathy.
#4 Margaret n Heber Lon 2018-12-16 19:47
longacresfarm7@ Heber and I loved this precious lady. She always had a smile on her pretty face. I took a picture of Mr and Mrs. Richardson on their 73rd wedding anniversary.. They were so good together. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
#3 Jerry Alexander 2018-12-16 18:58
Kay,I am so sorry for your loss.I really enjoyed the time that we spent with your mom at our mini reunion in Clinton.My prayers are with you.Jerry Alexander
#2 Sheriff Lee Foster 2018-12-16 08:24
We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Nellie. She was a fabulous lady, always kind with a good word. She is one of the reasons our community became good and strong. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#1 Harriett Rucker 2018-12-16 01:07
Mrs. Richardson was our neighbor prior to moving to Springfield. The Richardsons were special friends and fellow Central UMC members. I had the pleasure of teaching in their Sunday School Class at Springfield. I am saddened to learn of her death. May God's love and peace be with her sweet family. They were forever faithful.