NEW BERN - Mrs. Shirley Ann Gaskins Richardson, age 75, departed this world and peacefully entered into the arms of her heavenly Father on March 20, 2013. She was born on May 15, 1937, to the late Thomas Whitford Gaskins Sr. and Sallie Carthine Ireland Gaskins.
Mrs. Shirley had a great love for children which inspired the opening of "Little Dudes Daycare" that she operated for more than 20 years. She completed her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education with honors from Craven Community College at age 70 along with her daughter and granddaughter. Additionally, she was a loving and devoted supporter of her husband's ministries. Her life's joy were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Rev. Charles L. Richardson Sr.; grandson, Richard Lee Evans II; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Gaskins Phillips.
She is survived by daughter, Jean Hadder and her husband, Jeff, of New Bern; daughter, Lynn R. Jansen and her husband, Richard, of Greenville; daughter, Charlene Goodwin and her husband, Ronnie, of Reelsboro; son, Charles L. Richardson Jr. and wife Mary of New Bern; two brothers, Thomas Whitford Gaskins Jr. and wife Linda of Reelsboro and Ray Earl Gaskins Sr. and wife Nelda of New Bern; brother-in-law, Joseph Zaukus of Antioch, Tenn.; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home and at other times at the family residence located in the Saint's Delight community. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the
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