Frances Richardson
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Boiling Springs, SC
Frances Richardson

Inman - Frances McGowan Richardson, 91, a resident of RoseCrest Retirement Community died Sunday, August 1, 2021.

Born August 27, 1929, the daughter of the late William Baker and Reba McGowan of Greenville, SC, she graduated from Furman University with BA and MA degrees. She was an educator in public schools for forty-two years. In her high school roles of Counseling and Guidance and a teacher of English, British history and literature, she had an insatiable desire and passion to guide and teach in ways that would enhance their lives and make them better citizens of the world. Together they traveled extensively in Western Europe and studied in England, Scotland, Switzerland and France. Her travels were highlighted by the preparation for the four times she took student delegations from Augusta County Schools in Virginia to The American School in The Hague in the Netherlands for its International Model United Nations Security Council to debate current UN issues with their peers from Britain, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Miller "Cotton" Richardson, and her sister, Mattie Moore McGowan Fulton. She is survived by Cantey (Cathy) Richardson and Sarah Richardson Arnold of Spartanburg; and her extended family, Cynthia and Fisher Walter of Edisto Island, SC; six grandchildren, Wilson Richardson, Robert Richardson (Claire), Meredith Richardson Matsumoto (Evan), Sarah Caroline Arnold, James Richard "Tripp" Arnold III, and Eleanor Walter; great grandchild, Rose Cantey Richardson; two nieces; and one nephew.

A Celebration of Life and the Holy Eucharist will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, SC on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 2:00pm. The family will receive friends after the service at the home of Apple and Cathy Richardson.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), 101 St. Matthews Lane, Spartanburg, SC 29301.

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Published by Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Aug. 3 to Aug. 10, 2021.
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Sarah and Family, I have many memories of your Mother as my favorite English teacher. From her I gained my love of English literature and reading. I learned to travel through books, to use reading as a means of escaping my circumstances and keeping my bearing. She was a fine teacher and role model. May God be with you and your family through the sad days ahead and peace be with you. R.I.P. "Flossie", you made a difference.
Kaye Tillman
August 13, 2021
Frances was a dear friend. We spoke of many common interests and friends. My little dog Cocoa would sit by her side for hours so she could pet him, to the enjoyment of both. She will be dearly missed.
Lois Dukes
August 13, 2021
I met Frances and Cotton when I moved into ROSECREST HOMES. She welcomed me the first day I went into the dinning room. She would always ask me how I was doing and if she could help me with anything. We became friends and I would go visit her at her home. She would also call me if she hadn't seen me just to check on me.
I loved her. She will be missed.
August 10, 2021
I was a 1982 graduate of Stuarts Draft High School, where Ms. Richardson was the guidance counselor. I moved there halfway through my junior year, so she hadn't known me long, but she reached out to me when she heard I wasn't planning to take the SAT, because my single mom couldn't afford to send me to college. She paid for me to take the SAT and explained how I could be eligible for grants and loans. I took the SAT, did well, and put myself through college and law school. I always tell people that she changed the entire trajectory of my life. I've had a good life thanks to her willingness to get involved. I always wanted to find her and thank her, and now I'm sad that I never did. But hopefully this memory is of some comfort to her family.
Heather Polzin
August 9, 2021
A very special lady. Frances made our wedding cake when we got married. Our sympathy to her family.
Gary and Jennifer Koogler
August 9, 2021
We met Frances and Cotton in August of 1989 at St. John's Episcopal church. They were some of the first friends we made in Waynesboro. Last saw Frances when we were all in England for the anniversary of the Anglican church in Pudsey England. They were a lovely Christian couple and we counted them as great friends. They were greatly missed when they moved to SC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your mother continues her life with God in heaven.
phyllis and Ed hollowell
August 9, 2021
Sarah & Cantey, so sorry for the loss of your mom. She touched a lot of kids, prayers go out to your family. Deepest sympathy Beth
Beth (McCrea) Brady
August 9, 2021
Cantey & Sarah, I was the football coach and a teacher at Wilson Memorial High in the late 60´s. When I saw your Mother´s obituary, I was reminded of so many special memories of working with her and your Dad. Your Mom was an excellent teacher ( she had high expectations ) and when one of the football players in her classes would mess up , she would always alert me so I could support her in helping to correct the situation. She wanted make sure the he did his work and also maintained his eligibility. I truly appreciated her caring attitude. Also, Cotton was a wonderful friend and a really good football referee.. You certainly have my deepest sympathy but I also know that you are aware of what a Blessing they were to so many people. I am glad I was one of them. JOE
Joe Zapotoczny
August 8, 2021
My deepest condolences. Mrs. Richardson will be missed—she was an important influence in many of our lives. May you, her family find peace.
Brenda (Allen) Sistrom
August 8, 2021
Flossie was a wonderful woman and a good friend. She and Cotton had been a large part of our lives for many years. She will be greatly missed.
David and Carole Shriver
August 8, 2021
May Gods promise found in John 6: 40, of the hope to see our loved one again,comfort your heart and give you peace,strength and hope in the days ahead.
Earnie Ray
August 5, 2021
Hold on to your memories during this time of sadness.
Debra Fitzgerald
August 4, 2021
Flossie was one of a kind. I know she will be missed. Godspeed my friend
Judy Crummett Duncan
August 3, 2021
Blessings to the family as you grieve. Frances is whole and healed and safe now in God’s hands. May God fill you with peace and sweet memories as you live through this loss.
Michael Flanagan
August 3, 2021
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