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Shirley Ann Slagle Richardson

79, Indianapolis, died October 23, 2012. Shirley was born January 29, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was a graduate of Broad Ripple High School in 1950 and then attended St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, IN. Shirley was proud of her Woods involvement and was active in the groundbreaking of the Guerin Library. Before becoming a wife and mother, Shirley was a deputy at the Women's Correctional Facility in Indianapolis.

Shirley married Robert K. Richardson who preceded her in death in 2008, in 1952 and celebrated a wonderful 55 years of marriage. She is best known as a loving and devoted wife, mother and friend. Her mission in life was her family. She enjoyed watching all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in as many activities as she could whether a concert, tennis match, basketball game, football game or school function. Everyone knew Ma, Grandma, or GG was in the audience.

Her hobbies included bridge, golf, sewing, and entertaining family and friends. Shirley was an avid bridge player and spent many a Wednesday with the ladies at Hillcrest Country Club in fierce competition. Learning the game of golf in her 40's, Shirley wasn't concerned about her score as much as she enjoyed spending that time with her friends.

During her years of attending St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Shirley volunteered her time and efforts in preparing altar linens and vestments.

She shared a passion for travel with her family and favorite spots included the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she would enjoy carefree summers with family and friends on the sandy beaches. Shirley also enjoyed a trip oversees with her husband Bob to Italy where they toured throughout the country and made a special trip to the Vatican.

Her gift was her ability to touch each person's life that she met through her selfless and caring personality. Shirley never met a stranger. Her compassionate nature for others was never-ending. Whether a neighbor, a close friend or a family member, Shirley was always there to help. It was truly her gift.

She had a continuous and great devotion for her family. Shirley is survived by her children R. Michael (Carla) Richardson, Catherine (Cliff) Rubenstein, Donald Richardson, and Ann Hightower; grandchildren, Nicole (James) Privett IV, Shon Marie (Travis) Keesling, Rachel, Jessica, and Gabrielle Rubenstein, Michael Richardson, and R. Bryson Hightower; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Evan Privett, Rylan and Brinley Keesling, and Alyssa Richardson; step-grandchildren, Brock (Jordana) Hoegh, Trevor (Sarah) Hoegh, and Tara Hoegh; step-great grandchildren, Nyah, Kinley, and Shayden Hoegh, Aniston and Briggs Hoegh, and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call Sunday October 28, 2012 at Flanner and Buchanan - Lawrence from 1 to 4 p.m. A Celebration of Life will begin at 4 p.m., with the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. Services will be Monday, October 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Washington Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of Shirley Ann Richardson, Oncology - Nurses Education, St. Vincent Foundation 8402 Harcourt Road Suite 210 Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, 2012
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