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Jewel Clair Brittingham Richardson

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Jewel Clair Brittingham Richardson Obituary
Jewel Clair Brittingham Richardson

Memphis, TN

Jewel Clair Brittingham Richardson, age100, passed away on August 12, 2017. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 12, 1917 to Sam Brittingham and Margaret Alder Brittingham, Jewel attended Memphis city schools for most of her childhood. However, upon her mother's death when Jewel was ten years old, she boarded at St. Agnes Academy for a few years.

After high school, Jewel joined her older sisters living in New York City and began working at Citi Service Oil Company on Wall Street for several years. After returning to Memphis for a visit, Jewel decided to move back permanently and began working for Western Auto corporate offices in downtown Memphis. Her boss' lifelong friend was C.G. Richardson, whom she met at an office party. As World War II broke out, C.G. joined the US Army and was sent to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia for training. C.G. and Jewel married soon after and she relocated to Virginia to be with her new husband.

After WWII, C.G., a civil engineer, and Jewel returned to Memphis, where C.G. joined his uncle, Saint George Richardson, at Richardson Engineering. They soon moved to Whitehaven, TN where they had three children. During her life in Whitehaven, Jewel was president of many organizations such as the Agenda Club and Whitehaven Country Club Women's Golf Association. She also was a lifelong bridge player.

In the early 1960s, Jewel became interested in Republican politics and was elected delegate to the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco. She was also a delegate at the 1968 Republican Convention in Miami where, she laughed, in one day she had breakfast with Ronald Reagan and lunch with Richard Nixon. Jewel played a pivotal role in growing the Republican Party in West Tennessee. She was on a first name basis with Governors, Senators, and Congressmen.

Upon C.G.'s retirement, he and Jewel moved to Nesbit, Mississippi, where they bought land and built a home. They were active in First United Methodist Church of Hernando. Jewel continued to play golf for many years, well into her 80's. She also quilted and painted china.

She leaves behind her daughters, Bonnie Richardson McQuiston of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Carol Richardson Crow of Rockwall, Texas, and a son, George C. Richardson of Oakland, Tennessee. She had nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, C.G., and sisters, Beatrice Robinson, Marguerite Fargason, and Evelyn Frees.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2017
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