Evelyn G. Richardson, 102, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.
Born January 20, 1919, in Christiansburg, the daughter of Leonard and Essie Epperly, Evelyn experienced a life filled with wonderful memories, a loving family and a historic perspective, seeing so much in her 102 years with us.
Evelyn shared the blessings of her life through crafting, cooking, gardening, traveling and visits with her family. In addition to being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a dedicated employee at J. Freezer, Hercules Powder Company, and in later years was the Executive Housekeeper for George Preas at the Sheraton Red Lion Inn in Blacksburg. During her 20-plus years at the Red Lion Inn, Evelyn was honored as a nationally recognized Executive Housekeeper of the year, receiving two awards courtesy of Sheraton in New York City.
The life and life experiences of this special and loving lady are as great and memorable as the incredible number of years she shared with us on earth and the countless number of friends she made during those years.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Richardson, Sr.; a son, Harry E. “Richie” Richardson, Jr.; her brothers Troy Epperly and his wife Nellie, Allen Epperly and his wife Lillian, Leon Epperly and his wife Nora; and her only sister, Marie Scaggs and her husband Emory.
Evelyn, known as “Granch” and “Indie” to her family, is survived by her daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Richardson; grandson Chris Richardson and his wife Elizabeth; her much loved great-grandchildren, Robbie and Mary Elizabeth Richardson; a stepson, Ray Richardson and his wife, Charlotte; and a niece and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 30, 2021, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 2880 North Franklin St., Christiansburg, following COVID-19 guidelines with the Rev. Todd Millsaps presiding.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff, nurses and administration of Warm Hearth, Kroontje Center in Blacksburg for the kind and loving care provided to Evelyn and our family for the past six years of her life and especially during the recent health crisis.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Warm Hearth Foundation, 2603 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060. https://retire.org/.
McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, Virginia is caring for the Richardson family.