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Sally Ann Richardson

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Sally Ann Richardson Obituary
March 30, 1929 - September 12, 2017 Sally Ann Richardson of Santa Ana passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017 after a brief illness with family at her side. "Mama" was born March 30, 1929 in Los Angeles at Queen of Angels Hospital to Frances and Kathleen (Houston) Hudson of Pasadena. In 1948, she graduated from Ramona Convent High School in Alhambra. Sally's talents were recognized at a very early age where she started working in show business at the age of 18 months. She worked at the RKO Studios in nearby Culver City and was one of the "Busby Berkeley babies." Sally met her best friend and soulmate, John Joseph Richardson III while he was attending USC. They married on June 30, 1951 in Santa Barbara. Sally brought three beautiful children into the world: Lizabeth (1953), John Joseph Richardson IV (deceased 1958) and Teresa (1962). Despite the demands of nurturing her family, she continued her "show biz" career under the stage name "Rene Huston" until 1962 where she played in many musicals (most notably "Plain and Fancy" at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera House). Sally travelled regularly with her husband both domestically and internationally to many amazing destinations. After retiring, Sally emerged herself in the Girl Scouts where she was awarded the outstanding Girl Scout woman of the year award while being the leader of her local scout troop (SCAGS). She was also the volunteer manager for the gift shop at Tustin Community Hospital. Later, she became an inspiring philanthropist donating to such causes as the Traverse City Film Festival and the Traverse City Fire Department. Her greatest love however, was the Orange County Special Olympics where she watched her grandson, Adam and other athletes participate in many sports. Following in her husband's footsteps, Sally became a true sports lover. She was especially fond of college football and basketball as well as following "her Lakers." Sports was her top TV priority only after the News especially in Fall and March where she always rooted for USC, in John's memory. Sally is survived by her two children Liz (Mike) Peron and Teresa (Craig) Hogan who jointly blessed her with five grandsons and four great-granddaughters. Clearly, Sally lived life to its fullest with a firm sense of purpose and devotion to everyone she knew. Her unending love, character, commitment and generosity are already missed. In accordance with Sally's wishes, there will be no formal services but rather a private family ship voyage where her ashes will be united with her husband's off the coast of San Pedro. In honor of her memory, please consider a donation to her favorite charity: Orange County Special Olympics in memory of Sally Richardson. Their address is Special Olympics Orange County | 2428 N Grand Ave #A | Santa Ana, CA 92705. Alternatively, you can reach Sally's dedicated web page at: http://ow.ly/RRdV30f71tL (case sensitive).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 21, 2017
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