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Ann F. Richardson

Madison, Alabama

Aug 10, 1938 – Mar 23, 2021 (Age 82)


August 10, 1938
March 23, 2021
Madison, Alabama


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Legacy Chapel Funeral Home And Crematory - Madison Obituary

Ann Richardson, age 82,  of Marathon, Florida passed away March 23, 2021 from cancer. She was preceded in death by loving husband of 57 years, Ted, and is survived by daughters Julie (David) and Georgia (Cameron).

Ann grew up in Taylorsville, NC, born to parents Cecil and Julia Fry. She had a group of ‘Fabulous Friends Forever’ (FFF’s) who kept in touch throughout their lives. Ann graduated from The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina with a BA in history. She then taught high school English and history in Kannapolis, NC,  where she met Ted ( They married and moved to Hendersonville where Ann became librarian at Bruce Drysdale School. Together they established the Rhododendron Farm, an internationally recognized nursery in Mountain Home.

Ann enjoyed travel and visited six continents. She brought her daughters on many of the trips, always coaching them beforehand to learn about local customs and foods—forever the teacher. She had a special knack for turning a few flowers into beautiful arrangements and won countless awards at the American Rhododendron Society flower shows. Her love of food and gift for cooking were renowned.  Ted couldn’t get enough of her cornbread, the girls devoured her pimento cheese and everyone clamored from her coconut cake and key lime pie.

Ann had a unique ability to befriend all types of people without judgement. Her sharp mind and dedication to fairness and tolerance made her truly special.   Mostly we remember Ann as a dear friend to many, a loving wife and a wonderful mother. Her kindness and generosity touched us all.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Bullington Gardens, a cause close to her heart.

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Dear Julie and Georgia, I was so sad to open the HDR this morning and read of your mother’s passing. Thinking of you and remembering Ann, Ted, Julia, and Cecil - all wonderful and very special people!

We are heartbroken and saddened but grateful for Ann’s friendship. George and Sue Stiff

I am so sorry that she is gone. I will never forget the many lunches, dinners, and visits we had together at the pool. She was a true Lady, and I was proud to be considered her friend.

Ann was the kind of person you truly appreciated. She was the kind of person I could only aspire to be like and fall desperately short. She was a person who always had some time, a fresh cup of coffee and a bit of something delightful to offer her friends. She also had a knack for listening and was a wealth of information. She was relatable to all ages. Not something you see in everyone. Her manners and habits had old southern charm, but not a thing about her was old. She was up on...

Ann was the mother of our dear friend, Georgia Richardson. We had the good fortune to spend time with her later in her life and we enjoyed her bright mind, kind heart, and fine conversation. We will miss her.

She was a special person and we feel honored that we knew her and Ted. We enjoyed talking with both of them as they shared so many of their experiences. We will miss her.