Celia Crook Richard­son

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

Celia Crook Richard­son left this earth peace­fully to join our Lord in Heaven for eter­nity on Septem­ber 17, 2020. She was born in Roanoke, VA on March 21, 1938 to her par­ents U.G. and Lula Crook. Sur­vivors in­clude Colonel (ret) Jimmy A. Richard­son, her hus­band for 61 years; brother, Dr. Ted Crook of Columbia, SC; her daugh­ter, Jill Narushof and hus­band Pete of Al­bu­querque, NM; sons, Joe Richard­son and wife Suzy of Los Alamos, NM, Dr. Harold Richard­son and wife Ce­leste of Den­ver, CO; daugh­ter-in-law, Donna Hay­den of Los Alamos, NM; and grand­chil­dren, Ben Narushof, Becca Narushof, Haylee Richard­son, Sam Richard­son, and Alex Richard­son; as well as fif­teen nieces and neph­ews in South Carolina.

Celia’s fam­ily moved from Roanoke to Columbia, SC in 1946, but there was no hous­ing avail­able af­ter WWII in Columbia, so her fa­ther bought some prop­erty and built a lake­side home in Lake Mur­ray, 14 miles from Columbia. Celia en­joyed grow­ing up at a lake home, en­ter­tain­ing swim and wa­ter ski par­ties and boat­ing out­ings for her many friends, and car­ing for her pets, a pony, horse, and dog and cat – even a pet crow. She grad­u­ated from high school in Columbia and earned her BS de­gree in chem­istry at Agnes Scott Col­lege in De­catur, GA and the Univer­sity of SC in Columbia. She met Jimmy Richard­son in the 4H club dur­ing high school and they mar­ried in Columbia af­ter his USAF pi­lot train­ing in June 1959. She was a model Air Force wife dur­ing his many as­sign­ments, tak­ing care of the home and rais­ing and tak­ing care of the three chil­dren when he was away. She was an ex­tremely cheer­ful per­son who lived to care for oth­ers. Among her many vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties were her church choir and com­mit­tees, serv­ing as a Stephen Min­is­ter at her church, be­ing a Red Cross vol­un­teer at Air Force base hos­pi­tals, and vis­it­ing hos­pi­tals, nurs­ing homes, re­hab cen­ters, etc, with her trained and cer­ti­fied ther­apy dogs. She be­longed to a lo­cal ther­apy dog group (SCCV), snow ski club (MOAA), a ladies hik­ing group (the Happy Hoofers), and a cou­ple’s hik­ing/ camp­ing group (the Meadow Muffins). She was an ac­com­plished seam­stress and cook. She baked hun­dreds of fruit pies for the As­bury Cafe at the NM state fair to give do­na­tions to Al­bu­querque agen­cies that feed peo­ple. She will be sorely missed by many!

There will be a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life, Me­mo­rial Ser­vice and Re­cep­tion Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at As­bury United Methodist Church, 10,000 Can­de­laria Road NE. The ser­vice will be live streamed via Face­book. Her ashes will be in­terred at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery at a later date. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be sent to As­bury UMC. Please visit our on­line guest­book for Celia at www.FrenchFune­r­als.com

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