Astrid "Pete" Corley Richardson
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Funeral services for Astrid "Pete" Corley Richardson will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, with her great nephew, Rev. Richard H. Norman, Jr, officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park at a later time, under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until time of service.
Astrid "Pete" Corley Richardson, 89, of Alexandria passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her residence, Emeritus of Alexandria.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Bailey D. Richardson, Sr.; her son, Bailey D. Richardson, Jr.; her parents, Arlington and Irene Corley; two sisters, Hilda Smith and Marcille Nugent.
Astrid, "Pete", "Mommy Pete" Corley Richardson was born in 1925 and along with two younger sisters, grew up on the Corley family farm near Jena, Louisiana. During her high school years as a member of the Jena Lady Giants Basketball team, she acquired the nickname "Pistol Pete". Never letting sports eclipse her studies, she was named Salutatorian of her graduating class at Jena High School. After attending business school and during WWII, Mommy Pete worked as a bookkeeper at Camp Livingston and later was office manager for Pan American Engineers in Alexandria.
In 1952, she married Bailey "Bill" Richardson and soon began their family, first with Susan followed by Don, Sara and Margaret. After raising her children she returned to the workforce as an office manager for George Adams Contracting.
Along with being an avid reader, Pete was known for her skill at Bridge which she played weekly. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Alexandria; and a member of the Alexandria Junior League. Also, due to her husband Bill's devotion to fishing, she was quite accomplished at preparing bass in a variety of ways. Mommy Pete's life was devoted to her family, for whom she could never do enough. When her daughters were young she volunteered at Rugg Elementary, AJH, and Bolton. Then along came her grandchildren, and you could find her volunteering well into her 80's at Nachman Elementary and at the soccer fields.
She is survived by, her three daughters, Susan Richardson Serbin of Houston, TX, Sara Mayeux Vallery and her husband Gary of Alexandria, and Margaret Richardson Laborde and her husband Kenny of Alexandria; eight grandchildren, Jane Serbin of Houston, TX, Caroline Serbin of New York, NY, Ariel Serbin of New York, NY, Guy Serbin of Dublin, Ireland, Daniel Mayeux and his wife Rebecca of Charleston, SC, Madeline Mayeux of Alexandria, Bailey Laborde of Alexandria, and Brady Laborde of Alexandria; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers honored to serve will be all of her grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Danielle Wolfe and Allison Young of Compassionate Care Hospice, and to Brittany Lewis and the staff of Emeritus of Alexandria, for their help and support during Mommy Pete's final days.
The family is deeply grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Murray and Family for their many years of friendship and care given to their longtime neighbor, Mommy Pete.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria at 2727 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301.
To extend online notes of condolence to the Richardson Family, please visit us at www.kramerfunerals.com.
Kramer Funeral Home
2905 Masonic Drive Alexandria, LA 71301
Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 12, 2014