Feb. 25, 1930 - Feb. 27, 2011
Evelyn Rhodell Richardson, 81, of Milton-Freewater, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Building, 424 N.E. Eighth Ave., Milton-Freewater. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 24, the VFW Ladies Axillary Milton-Freewater, Elks Lodge 2146 or the Wesley United Methodist Church.
Evelyn was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Gentry, Ark., to Orren and Grace Folger. She was the older of twins and one of six children. She left Arkansas at the age of 16, and came to Idaho with her mother who went back to Arkansas, but Evelyn chose to stay with relatives. She met James "Carl" Richardson in Ontario, Ore., in 1947. They married March 28, 1948, and moved to Denver, where Carl went to watchmaking school. Their first child, James Kenneth Richardson, was born in Denver on March 20, 1949. They then moved back to Ontario for two years and then on to Pasco, where their second child was born Jan. 14, 1954. In 1956, they moved to Moses Lake. After Moses Lake, in 1964, they moved to Milton-Freewater, where they opened J.C.'s Jewelry. Evelyn aided Carl at the business. Evelyn often worked outside the home at numerous occupations in the previous years.
She was a member of the Elks Lodge 2146, she belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, she was a member of VFW and the Royal Neighbors. She had her band for many years and enjoyed playing the piano. She was an avid sports fan and cheered her son on during his high school years. She followed college football religiously, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks. She had many friends through her clubs and social activities. She was especially proud of her daughter, Connie, who went to Europe with American Youth in Concert.
She is survived by her son, James Kenneth Richardson and Carlotta; daughter, Connie Renee Taylor; and grandchildren, James Allen, Jennifer, Ryan Richardson and Ashlee Winton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Carl" Richardson; mother, Grace (Kidder) Folger; father, Orren Folger; sister, Katherine Merrow; brothers, Oscar and Tracious; and her twin, Edith Webb.