Norma Richardson

Richmond, Virginia


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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.

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To the Richardson Family - I met Norma and Ralph during a Bible study this past summer, and to know them is to love them. Norma's courage and spirit were remarkable. In the short time with her, I realized what a precious person and strong Christian she is. God bless you all during this difficult transition.

Janie Hodges - Bon Air

Dana and Ricky --- I am so sorry to hear about your mom --- wonderful teenage memories definitely include your mom --- Ricky I have always thought about you and always loved our friendship --- please know I am thinking about all of you during this time

Norma was one of the most gracious, charming and unique people I have ever had the honor of meeting. Her loss leaves a huge void in this world. God bless her, her wonderful husband and all of her children. Rick, you know how much I love you and have for many years. If there is anything I can do for you or your family, you know where I am. Love and prayers for all of you.

To all the lovely family sorry to hear of your loss. I only met Norma a few times at family gatherings but she was just such a happy and upbeat person that you never forget those few times. All my prayers go out to you and it is comforting to know that she is some way watching over us all now. Molly Glenn Mbengue in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Marla's Cousin)

Ralph,Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Norma, was a wonderful person and I will miss sending her e-cards.
Marilyn and Jim Chase

We are so sorry to hear of Norma's passing. She was a wonderful lady and neighbor, and I regret that we didn't know her better. This is a very sad time for me also, as my mother passed away in Roanoke on Jan. 5. We have just returned from there.

Connie and Dan Salmeri

Ralph, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

So long to a wonderful spirit. The beautiful paperweight Norma gave me as a teenager 42 years ago has moved with me across two continents and sits here as I write this. Thinking of all her family this morning and their substantial loss of a wonderful woman.

Our loving thoughts and prayers are with all of you and with Norma.
We will miss her so very much.
June, Natalie and Daisy Folke