Pauline M. Richardson (1914 - 2008)

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Pauline Mattie (Cameron) Richardson, 94, of Livingston, died at Frontier Assisted Living Center Monday evening, Nov. 3, 2008.

Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Peggy Paugh Leuzinger officiating. Graveside committal and burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston.

Pauline Richardson was born on March 10, 1914, in Livingston, the first of eight children of Mary (Thompson) Cameron and Paul Cameron. She lived at her parents' homestead on the Shields River until the family moved to the Windsor Ranch east of Livingston. She attended elementary schools near the family homestead and in Livingston and graduated from Park County High School.

On June 3, 1933, she married Ralph Kenneth Richardson in Livingston and shortly thereafter they moved to Bozeman to work at the Bungalow Drug Store in the candy and soda fountain business. In 1941 Pauline and Kenny opened Richardson's candy and fountain store and both worked there until they sold the business in the late 1950s. Just prior to selling the business Pauline hand-dipped more than 2,000 pounds of chocolate mints for the Campfire Girls' annual sales campaign.

Pauline then worked in sales at the Gift House in Bozeman until 1969 when she and Kenny opened Belmont Gardens, a hydroponic tomato-growing operation near Belgrade. They ran this business together until they retired to live in Bozeman in 1983. From 1963 to 1964 they toured Montana extensively while Kenny served as Potentate of the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple.

Pauline enjoyed her work and meeting the public. In her spare time she enjoyed formal dances, playing the card game, pitch, and raising a garden and tending her plants. In retirement she was the neighborhood "grandmother" and was noted for always having a full cookie jar for her young friends. She belonged to the Order of Eastern Star and informal bridge groups. For the past few years Pauline has lived at the Frontier Assisted Living Center in Livingston where she had a smile and kind word for everyone she saw.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny; her daughter, Carole Anne Johnstone; one grandson, Tom Johnstone; her parents; four brothers and one sister.

Survivors include her sisters, Mary Restad and her husband, Lee of Billings, and Alice Wiltgen of Livingston. Pauline is also survived by her son, Ken Richardson and his wife, Ann of Lander, Wyo.; her grandson, Anthony Johnstone and his wife, Autumn and their children, Lucia and Mary of Helena; and adopted nephew, Frank Richardson and his wife, Evie of Billings. Pauline was fortunate to have many very special nieces and nephews and dear friends who helped and supported her throughout her long life.

If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Livingston HospiceCare, 501 S. 13th St., Livingston, MT 59047.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 6, 2008
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