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Theresa Richardson

Posted: Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Theresa Richardson passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. She was a 54-year resident of King City. 

Theresa was born Rowena Theresa Reed in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Helen and Charles Reed. She grew up with her family including her younger sister, Charlynne, and was a member of the Red Bank Methodist Church in Chattanooga. After graduating from Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, she received her B.S. degree from Georgia State College for Women. She then went on to receive her master’s in library science from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville.

In 1959, she headed west and took a position as the Librarian at King City Joint Union High School, a position she held for 33 years. She enjoyed working with the close-knit staff and was a popular teacher with the students.

Theresa was a member of many organizations. She was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was also a member of the Estero Bay Newcomers Club of Morro Bay, the La Cuesta Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in San Luis Obispo, and the Silver Kings and Queens of King City. She previously volunteered at the gift shops at both Mee Memorial Hospital in King City and the Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo.

Upon retiring, Theresa and her husband of 52 years, Eugene “Corky,” spent their time between King City and Morro Bay. They also enjoyed traveling. As everyone knows, Theresa most cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her love for them knew no bounds.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Charles, and her sister, Charlynne. She will be laid to rest with them at Chattanooga Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband, Eugene; her two sons, Jerry (Anne) and Ron (Amy); and her five grandchildren, Joshua, Alyssa, Samantha, Kelly and Keri. 

A “Celebration of Theresa’s Life” will be held at the DeAnza Building in San Lorenzo County Park, 1160 Broadway in King City, on Friday, May 31, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Drive, King City, 831-385-5400, www.EFScares.com.

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