Ethel M. Richardson


MOUNT MORRIS – Ethel M. Richardson a long-time resident of Mt. Morris, passed away on the morning of Feb. 12, 2022. She was at home surrounded by loved ones. She was born Sept.26, 1938, in Yankeetown, Ind. She was the oldest of 10 children. 

 She is survived by immediate family Jeffrey L. Richardson, Mary Beth York, and Jon D. Richardson, as well as her extended family of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. This extended family goes beyond the family tree, many friends over the years have become family. Ethel and her husband Bobbie made their home a welcoming center of love and kindness for decades.  

She is preceded by her husband Bobbie L. Richardson, and her parents Richard C. Pease and Ada Jane (Webster) Pease.

Ethel moved to Northern Illinois in 1958, living with her close friend and cousin Wilma. They both came north for better job opportunities, and by the sounds of her and Wilma's stories, to also have fun adventures. Through the brother of Wilma's future husband Ed Ramsey, Ethel met Bobbie, the love of her life. They soon married, having a double ceremony with Wilma (Bates) and Bill Ramsey, during a tornado, just another one of the many adventures. Ethel and Wilma remained close to her final day. 

Ethel worked for the telephone company and then for Watt Publishing Co. in Mt. Morris. She made many friends over the years and enjoyed bowling on the Watt Publishing Team and going to many tournaments.  

Her focus was her family and friends. She and Bobbie would enthusiastically travel around the USA and Canada visiting friends and family. 

Visitation will be at Finch Funeral Home in Mt. Morris on Monday Feb. 21,2022 at 10 a.m. followed by her funeral at 11 a.m. The commitment ceremony will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens Hillcrest, IL, north of Rochelle. A luncheon afterwards at the Rochelle Moose at 311 N. Main St Rochelle, IL 61068 

The Family requests donations to be sent in Ethel's name to St Jude Children's Hospital in lieu of flowers.