Patricia May Richardson, 87, of Fairfield, Calif., passed away on Dec. 18, 2013. She went peacefully, with humor and had her family with her throughout.
Born in 1926, Pat Phinney grew up in San Rafael, where she graduated from San Rafael High School, followed by College of Marin. She received her bachelor’s in music and elementary school education from San Francisco State.
During those high school years, Pat met Gil Richardson and, in June 1950, they were married. While Gil worked for Standard Oil and pursued his career in the fire service, Pat volunteered in the community, lending her talents to the Wednesday Club of Suisun and the Intercommunity Hospital Guild while caring for her family.
In 1967, she returned to teaching and, for the next 28 years, she specialized in elementary school reading at Anna Kyle. Her enthusiasm for literature was contagious. Former students often stopped her, saying, “I remember you! ‘A Tale of Two Cities!’ ”
After retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively with longtime friends Barbara and Chester Petersen, and close family members Carley and Bill Robinson. Memorable trips included Alaska, Maine and the Southwest. In June 2000, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the island of Maui.
In all her activities, Pat always brought her sense of humor and the pleasure of sharing. She leaves behind her husband of 63 years; two daughters, Nancy Cherry and Jane Loveall; son-in-law, Lee Loveall; grandson, Glenn Loveall; nephews, Tom, Wes and Loren Stewart, and Bob Phinney, her brother’s son, of Redmond, Wash.
Viewing will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Service at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Bryan-Braker, followed by burial at the Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery and a reception at 2 p.m. (location to be announced).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the NorthBay Hospital Guild.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker, www.bryanbraker.com.