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Melva Earnestine Whitt Richardson
  • May 31, 1941
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  • July 08, 2021

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On Thursday, July 8, 2021, Melva Richardson, devoted wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 80.

Melva was born on May 31, 1941 in Gauley Bridge, WV to Robert Elmer and Christina (Reinholt) Whitt. Melva grew up in the beautiful pastoral town of Lewisburg, in Greenbrier County WV.  After graduating Frankford High School and moving to Washington, DC she met and married Ralph Allen Richardson in 1964. Together they raised two beautiful daughters.  Melva initially worked in banking in DC, then in the funeral services industry in Maryland, before retiring to Florida in 2007.

Melva had a passion for collecting dolls, of which she had over 60, ranging from delicate porcelain and ceramic to decorative cloth materials with each one was very special to her. She loved spending time with her close friends and her family, as well as her much adored pets. She was an avid reader of mystery novels and a tremendous fan of crime dramas. She enjoyed making others laugh and had an offbeat, hilarious sense of humor.

Melva was preceded in death by her father and mother. She is survived by her loving husband Ralph; two children, Michelle Richardson and Terra Murphy; as well as her siblings: Carol Sue Whitt, Karen Whitt, Dalen Whitt, Dayton Whitt, and David Whitt, as well as numerous cousins, several adored nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date, details of which will be shared with friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to either of the charities for the illnesses that impacted Melva: the Crohns and Colitis Foundation crohnscolitisfoundation.org or to the National Kidney Foundation kidney.org


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  1. Hannah Donnelly says:
    17 Aug 2021
    Rest in Peace My Friend. Will not be the same without you. God needed another Angel and what a privilege you were chosen. Will see you again. Rest High on the Mountain.

  2. Missy posted an image:
    18 Jul 2021
    Mom
    Mom

  3. Terra lit a candle:
    15 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 15, 2021 at 7:56:00 AM

  4. Terra says:
    15 Jul 2021
    I miss you mommy. One day I will see you again!

  5. Phyllis lit a candle:
    15 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 15, 2021 at 7:18:24 AM

  6. Vickie Richardson lit a candle:
    14 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 14, 2021 at 7:54:12 PM

  7. Joy Kenyon says:
    13 Jul 2021
    Much love to the family.
    My prayers are with You!

  8. Joy Kenyon lit a candle:
    13 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 13, 2021 at 7:05:09 PM

  9. Michelle lit a candle:
    13 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 13, 2021 at 7:24:09 PM

  10. Michelle says:
    13 Jul 2021
    Sending love to you in heaven

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