Mrs. Bessie M. Richardson, age 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 20, 2012. She was a 1939 graduate of Rockford High School . As a little girl she attended Sunday school at Rockford United Methodist Church . When walking past the granary and feed mill, she met her husband, Harold. Some of their first dates were with a horse-drawn buggy; you should ask about the story which involved the horse.  Bessie and Harold were married on August 10, 1942.  Then she became a member of Rockford Baptist Church . Bessie worked at Wolverine World Wide until her daughter, Cynthia was born. She enjoyed traveling with her daughter to Nashville , TN , Branson , MO, and any place there was country music. She had a loving heart and took in a lot of stray cats, and gave special care to them. Bessie sent care packages to missionaries abroad and was a faith prayer warrior. She had a great sense of humor. Her life was centered on her love for her husband, Harold and their daughter, Cynthia. Harold preceded her in death on October 29, 2011, and daughter, Cynthia, on December 9, 2009. Bessie is survived by her nieces and nephews. Her family expresses a special thank you to Bessie’s special neighbors, Jackie and Henry, and Bishop Hills Retirement Community for the love and care given to Bessie. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Richardson will be Monday, October 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Baptist Church , 221 Courtland St. , Rockford , MI 49341. Relatives and friends may meet with the family just prior to the service at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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