Richardson, Mildred Inez Murphrey Born in the farming community of Phalba, TX to Jesse & Callie Taylor Murphrey on March 13, 1928, the youngest of 3 children. It was a different time; walking to the school house when the first one there built the fire, hauling water from the creek to do the wash in dry summers, taking water to the teams of horses or mules in the field. After graduating high school in Canton in 1945, Mildred moved to Dallas living in boarding houses with other single women, riding the streetcar to work as a page at the Federal Reserve Bank, ready to celebrate the end of WWII. An insurance salesman met her at the boarding house and set her up on a blind date who later became her husband Paul Richardson. Paul & Mildred spent their married lives in Oak Cliff, where he became prominent in the fence industry and she raised their children and was involved in neighborhood & school activities. Mildred was funny, beautiful, irreverent, and a great "old gal". She was tolerant of mistakes and great at accepting people as they are, making her a second mother to many of her girls' friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Jesse and sister Maxine Gore; her husband Paul and all of her sisters-and brothers-in-law and their spouses. She was the last of our greatest generation. She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Richardson (partner Mark Wilson) and Kelly Holt (husband John Holt), many nieces, nephews and many friends. Mildred left this life February 26, 2014. Services will be held at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Oak Cliff, 10:00am, with interment 1:00pm in Old Bethel cemetery in Phalba, TX.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 28, 2014