RICHARDSON, Norma McDaniel, 77, of Bon Air, passed away at home on January 7, 2011 surrounded by her husband, children, brothers and other relatives and dear friends. She is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Ralph M. Richardson; four children, Dana Richardson Beyer, Ralph M. Richardson Jr., Vance G. Richardson and W. Neil Richardson; five grandchildren, Jason Beyer, Emily Beyer, Anna Richardson, Bain Richardson and Luke Richardson; one great-grandchild, Katherine Beyer; three brothers, Reuben, Howard and Fred McDaniel (Edna); one daughter-in-law, Marla Glenn; her sister-in-law, Marie McDaniel; and special family friends, Joe Beecher, Alta Mathur and Clark Pearce; and many other devoted extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Isabel McDaniel; and a brother, Allen McDaniel. She was an accomplished poet, having received many awards including first place in The Writer's Digest annual international contest (1985). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, and a collection of her poetry, "Peeling Back the Dark," was published by San Francisco Bay Press in 2008. A lifelong resident of South Richmond, she received an Associate's degree from the University of Richmond and Bachelor's and Master's degrees from VCU, where she taught as an adjunct professor of English. She was a 46-year member of Bon Air Baptist Church, where she frequently wrote narrations for spiritual dramas and musical presentations. A private burial will be held on Monday, followed by a memorial service on February 7 at Bon Air Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.