Ibbie Lorrain Richardson enjoyed square dancing, quilting
COLUMBIA — Ibbie Lorrain Richardson started square dancing in the early 1960s.
She and her husband, Riley Richardson, spent weekend nights traveling to local clubs to dance.
“They danced until they were not able to anymore,” Mrs. Richardson’s son, J.R. Richardson, said.
Mrs. Richardson, 90, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.
She was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Boone County to Warder and Ider (Pauley) Bennett.
She married Riley Richardson on Oct. 5, 1938.
The couple farmed for several years. They also traveled to all 50 states.
Mrs. Richardson was also an avid quilter. She began quilting when she was a teenager so she could make her own blankets and ended up creating many quilts.
In celebration of her 50th wedding anniversary, Mrs. Richardson’s children made her a quilt that illustrated “the golden road to 50 years” of marriage. Each crafted a square that represented something about Mr. or Mrs. Richardson.
In addition to quilting, Mrs. Richardson also liked spending time with friends and was a 4-H leader. J.R. Richardson said his mother was a member of the Boones 25th Extension Club because it is where the women in the community got together.
Another common gathering spot was Mrs. Richardson’s porch. In the late afternoon, neighbors would wander over to chat and people walking their dogs would stop by to say hello.
“Everyone enjoyed getting together and talking,” J.R. Richardson said. “People just don’t gather like that anymore.”
Mrs. Richardson is survived by her children, Roy Richardson and wife, Mary, of Denver, Colo.; J.R. Richardson and wife, Linda, of Columbia; Fay Palmer and husband, Ronald, of Columbia; and Lorrain Rowsey and husband, Paul, of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband and siblings Freddie, Alfred and Edward Bennett and Eliza Colvin, Veda Payne and Nina Bennett died earlier.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, with internment following at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Boone County 4-H Foundation at 1012 N. Highway UU, Columbia, MO 65203.
Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcementery.com.