Funeral Service for Susan Belle


Rite I Funeral Susan Richardson 10 30 2021
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Beloved members of St. Martin's,


Susan Richardson, age 90, of Ellisville, Missouri, died on October 13, 2021 in Chesterfield, Missouri.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 30 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, with a visitation at 10:00 am at the church. In person attendance will be by invitation only.

The funeral will also be available to view online on St. Martin's website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.


Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Susan was born on December 10, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas to Robert Meredith Rowland and Euphrates Major Smith Rowland. Susan married Lavon Preston Richardson on August 26, 1950, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.


In July 1950 Susan graduated with a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University and was married to Lavon. They made their home in Edmond, Oklahoma where Lavon was teaching Biology at Central State College.


Susan completed her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology in 1968 from Oklahoma State University and went to work as a Speech Pathologist for Valley View Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma until 1972 when she moved back to Stillwater, Oklahoma to join the faculty of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department. She continued to teach there until she retired in 1991.


She was a Life Member of Oklahoma Retired Educators, AARP and OSU Emeriti. She also belonged to Stillwater Art Guild.


Susan was also preceded in death by her husband Lavon, and her father, mother, four half sisters, and both nephews.


Survivors include her daughter, Osha Belle Hayden and her husband, Jonathan Hayden, of Santa Rosa, California; son, Robert Lloyd Richardson and his wife, Carol Hasker Richardson, of Chesterfield, Missouri; and grandchildren Sarah M. Sanburn and her husband Ken Sanburn, Emma M. Richardson, and Alexander R. Richardson, as well as great-granddaughter Ella Marie Sanburn and great-grandson Nolan Robert Sanburn.


Memorials may be made to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where Susan was a beloved member, or a charity of your choice.


Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.