Lois "Jean" Richardson, known to her loved ones as Jean or Nanny, peacefully passed away on September 9, 2023, surrounded by her family in Columbia, Tennessee. Born on July 11, 1935, in Hudson, Tennessee, to the late Murrell and Opal Nafe, Jean's life was a testament to love, family, and craftsmanship.
On May 12, 1952, Jean eloped and married the love of her life, Charles Edward "Eddie" Richardson, with whom she shared a beautiful 72-year journey. Together, they raised four children, two sons Larry (Jennifer) Richardson and Garry Richardson, and two daughters who predecease her, Shirley Richardson and Deborah Burgett. Jean cherished her three special grandchildren: Derrick (Jennifer) Burgett, Hannah Grace (Hayden) Alford, and Sam (Carson Coble) Richardson, as well as three great-grandchildren: Emma Grace Burgett, Macie Rae Burgett, and Sophie Claire Burgett.
In addition to her husband and children, Jean is survived by her sibling, Danny (Judy) Nafe, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her two daughters, as well as siblings Nolan Nafe, Tommy Nafe, and Nora Sumner Cox.
A devoted homemaker for most of her life, Jean's greatest joy was caring for her family and nurturing them to be their best. She shared a special bond with her grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to watch them in whatever sport they were playing, whether it be soccer, baseball, football, or cheerleading, she was always there.
Jean was renowned for her extraordinary talent as a seamstress. Her skilled hands crafted countless one-of-a-kind clothing pieces, with a specialty in creating exquisite wedding dresses. People from near and far sought her expertise, bringing magazine clippings of wedding dress ideas to life through her meticulous craftsmanship. She fulfilled her granddaughter's dream by crafting a breathtaking wedding dress, showcasing her unrivaled talent.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM, officiated by Bro Bob Vassar. Mrs. Jean will be laid at her final resting place in the Garden of Prayer at Polk Memorial Gardens.
Honoring her memory, pallbearers will include Sam Richardson, Derrick Burgett, Randy Miller, Keith Edlund, and Gerald Buie.
Jean's legacy of love and craftsmanship will forever be cherished by those whose lives she touched.
The care of Mrs. Lois “Jean” Richardson and her family has been entrusted to the staff of Williams Funeral Home. To share words of comfort and condolences, please visit www.williamsfh.com