Charla Jillson Richardson

Charla Rae Jillson Richardson of Longmont died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Longmont United Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 73. Born May 4, 1941 in Longmont, she was the daughter of Harvey B. and Edith A. (Elmquist) Jillson. She attended Idaho Creek School and graduated from Mead High School in 1959. After attending business school in Denver, she worked as secretary for the Longmont Chamber of Commerce, motel receptionist, and RTD bus driver, while staying active in the family farm operation. She was proud to be the fourth generation of her family to live on the farm which had been homesteaded in the Rinn area southeast of Longmont by her great-grandfather Byron F. Jillson in 1878. She was devoted to her farm life, raising cattle, maintaining her beautiful flower gardens, preserving the farm's historic house and buildings which were designated a Colorado Centennial Farm in 2013, and caring for her pets which she adored. She was known for her sporty cars, fashionable appearance, and indomitable independent spirit - all of which made her seem decades younger than her real age. She was a member of Rinn United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Charla was preceded in death by her seventeen-year-old daughter Traci Lane Richardson in 1997 and her brother Byron H. Jillson in 1965. She is survived by her niece Tammy (Jillson) Bality of Tulia, Texas, grandnephew Kyle B. Lang of Yukon, Oklahoma, an aunt Lorraine Elmquist, and many loving cousins, extended family, neighbors, and caring friends. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Rinn United Methodist Church, 3783 Bella Rosa Parkway (WCR 20), Frederick, with Rev. Barbara Johns-Schleicher officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Rinn United Methodist Church or the Longmont Humane Society in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit to share condolences.

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Published in Longmont Times-Call on June 8, 2014