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Judith E. Richardson

1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Judith E. Richardson Obituary
Judith Elaine (Noyce) Richardson, 75, of Carlisle, MA died peacefully with family at her side on March 21, 2018, of complications from Alzheimers disease. Judy was the beloved wife of Fontaine Richardson for 55 years. She was beautiful and kind, open-minded and loving, generous and competitive, vivacious and yet shy with new people. The daughter of William and Eula Noyce, Judy was born in Omaha, NE on February 4, 1943, and grew up in Fayetteville, AR where her family moved in 1946. On September 1, 1962 Judy married her high school sweetheart, Fontaine, in a dress she designed and made. Judy graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors degree in Home Economics in 1964. Judy and Fontaine moved to Illinois to attend graduate school where Judy received a full fellowship and completed a Masters Degree in Home Economics in 1965. Judy, Fontaine and their young son, Bill moved to Bedford, MA in 1968 where their daughter, Marie was born. They moved to Carlisle, MA in 1977. Judy was an active and enthusiastic member of the community, involved in school and church activities ranging from making costumes for the school musical productions to hulling strawberries at the First Religious Society. Judy dedicated herself to being a wife and mother, making a home for her family with love, creativity, enthusiasm, and endless energy. She liked to cook, and she loved to eat. She kept an enormous vegetable garden and put up veggies so her family could eat well throughout the year. She loved animals and always had a loving dog by her side, especially on long walks in the woods. Judy was an accomplished seamstress and an expert knitter, making clothes for the whole family. She was a natural at every craft she tried - macram, embroidery, weaving, painting, paper crafts, Ukrainian Easter eggs - you name it, she could do it. Judy played piano and loved to sing. She loved to tell jokes (even bawdy ones) and wrote them down so she wouldnt mess up the punch line. She loved hosting and attending parties. She loved Halloween and any other excuse to wear a costume. She couldnt spell and didnt like math. She wrote poetry and read historical fiction novels so long that she kept notes on the inside cover to keep track of the characters. Judy loved to be outside: swimming, kayaking, cross-country skiing, or taking long walks. She was an avid alpine skier and water-skier. She played tennis, golf, paddle tennis, even winning her high school Ping-Pong championship! She was fiercely competitive and played to win. A lifelong thrill-seeker, Judy could never resist a dare and was always first in line for the fastest ride at the amusement park. Judy always looked for new challenges and things to learn. She and Fontaine were active SCUBA divers, traveling the world to new dive sites. Over the years of SCUBA diving Judy developed into an outstanding underwater photographer. Judy adored being a grandmother to her five grandchildren, spending time with them building forts, reading, singing, taking them out for gelato, and gathering together for holiday celebrations. Judy is survived by her husband, Fontaine; her son, Bill Richardson of Basking Ridge, NJ, his wife, Susan, and their children, Christopher, Jeremy, and Hannah; and her daughter, Marie Richardson of Menlo Park, CA, her husband, Mark Costa, and their children, Amelia and Andreas. She is also survived by her brothers Jim Noyce of Pasco, WA, Richard Noyce of Fayetteville, AR, and her sister Susan Thompson of Tacoma, WA. A celebration of her life will be held at the First Religious Society in Carlisle, MA at 2:00 PM on June 16th, 2018. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Judys memory to: Cure Alzheimers Fund, 34 Washington St. Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or online at https://curealz.org/ giving/donate/ Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Concord. For online guestbook please visit www.deefuneralhome. com.
Published in The Concord Journal from Mar. 27 to Apr. 5, 2018
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