Mary Lou Richardson, 71, passed away June 9, 2013 at her home in Green River surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Lou was born Nov. 23, 1941 to Emma Katrina and Kenneth Hal Gregg in Claremore, Okla., where she lived for the longest consecutive years (six) of her youth. She lived in more than two dozen communities across the United States as a child moving with her father's jobs and ministry, and following Buddy in seismograph and road construction jobs. She graduated from Carlsbad High in Carlsbad, N.M., in 1960, with many of her and Buddy's life long friends.
On Dec. 31, 1960 Mary Lou and Buddy Richardson were married by her Southern Baptist Pastor, who happened to be her father, Kenneth Gregg. They had 51 years of sharing their life together moving with one to three children for 27 years with the HE Lowdermilk crew, with most of it following the construction of I-70 from Pueblo, Colo., to the end at Fremont Jct. in Utah. In the middle of this stretch they decided to stay in Green River and let the children finish school there. That last move lasted 44 years and this is where Mary Lou acquired many life long friends through her kids' school functions, long time fellowship at Green River Bible Church and through her involvement with the local Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and the Green River Jeep Posse.
Mary Lou immensely enjoyed spending time with her family, whether for holidays or anytime they got together and will be greatly missed by her siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a multitude of friends. She was an amazing mom to her kids and others as well. She never met anyone that she didn't consider a friend. She embraced life with an abundance of love and kindness, always there for anyone that needed it. I'm sure she made her parents proud!!
She is survived by her sisters Barbara (Bob) Crawford, Pueblo, Colo., and Susie Perrin, Colorado Springs, Colo; her children Vicki Dinkins, Green River, Pam (Clay) Palfreyman, Springville, Gregg (Tera Lee) Richardson, Vernal; grandchildren Stephanie, Chad, Rosemary, Lincoln, CR, Samantha, Emmy, Mikki, Raynee, and Riley; great-grandchildren Karver, Austin, Hunter, Lily, Aaron, Jon, Katy, and Ryland.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents Kennth and Emma Gregg, oldest brother Jimmy Gregg and younger brother Kenny Gregg, a grandson Tracy Palfreyman, a son-in-law Steven Dinkins, and on Feb. 29, 2012 her husband of 51 years, Buddy Richardson.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday June 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Green River Bible Church.
You may send condolences to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.
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