October 9, 1934-January 9, 2014
Julia Richardson, wife of Tom Richardson and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grand mother passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family and loved ones at her beloved mountain home. Julia was the quintessential "Mom" to not only her immediate family, but to the neighborhood and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Julia was born on October 9, 1934 in Manhatten Beach CA, the eldest of three children of Ralph Merritt Hutcheson and Virginia Casad. While attending UCLA she met the love of her life, Tom Richardson, as she was working a summer job at Lake Arrowhead. After a brief romance they were wed, moved to Goleta in 1959, and had a 60 year marriage which produced 5 children.
After raising her children she returned to the workplace in a series of jobs in which her intelligence, aptitude, loving nature always made her the "star" employee. Her favorite job was as a baker at UCSB where she had a 20 year career.
Julia was an ordained minister of the Church of Religious Science. She had a profound spiritual side to her and was an enormous inspiration and comfort to all who knew her. She was both the rock and the glue of her family.
Julia leaves behind a large and loving family including her husband Tom, her sister Sally, 5 children: Todd, Jill, Jan, Jodi, Tyler, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She is very much missed.
Join us for a walk down memory lane to celebrate her life at Stow Park on February 8 from 12:00 to 5:00. In lieu of flowers, for those of you who would like to make a contribution, her family suggests a donation to "Defenders of Wildlife", as she loved animals very much.