Lyla May Richardson

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Richardson, Lyla May.  A resident of Meadow Park Nursing Home passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 91.  Born in Dover Township on the family farm, March 12, 1927.  Daughter of the late William and Jean Stokes.  Predeceased by her husband Thomas Edward (2013).  Loving mother of John (Gayle) Richardson, Dan (Connie) Richardson, and Debbie (Richard) VanRycheghem.  Cherished grandmother of Rebecca (Bill) Kouyzer, Sarah (Mickey) Parr, Amanda (Jeff) Millman, Brian VanRycheghem, Tanya (Darcy) Bax, Kali (Collin) Sellwood, Aimee (Bobby) Grinde, and Ashley Nickason.  Dearest great grandmother of Zach, Justin, Ryan, Abigail, Alana, Gracie, Lucas, Nash, Kale, Brandt, Brittany (Mike) Smith and Mickala.

Survived by sister Grace Lundy, and sister in laws Joan Stokes and Fay Stokes.  Predeceased by siblings and their spouses, Ruth (Jim) Wood, Bob Lundy, Ross Stokes, Grant Stokes, June (Clifford) Civalier, and Irene (Valere) Vannieuwenhuyze.   Also predeceased by sister in laws and brother in laws Robert (Olive) Richardson, William (Laura) Richardson, Samuel (Alison) Richardson, and Donald (Barbara) Richardson.  Remembered by several nieces and nephews.

Lyla was very involved in her earlier years with St. Paul’s United Church, and worked very hard along side her husband Tom on the farm. She was very dedicated to her 3 children and loved cross-stitching, quilting, knitting and cooking.

Mom’s wishes were to be cremated and to have a private burial at Botany Cemetery, at a later date.

Donations to Meadow Park Auxiliary would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank Meadow Park Nursing Home staff for their exceptional care.


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John Deb and Dan, Your mom and Dad were amazing people and it was a privilege to know them. Praying for you all during this time. May God bless you with His peace. Ed

We are sorry to hear of Lyla’s passing. We both have fond memories of her from over the years. Our condolences and prayers are with you all.

John and Gayle and family, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom. My thoughts are with you at this time.

So sorry for your loss!!

John, Dan, and Deb, reading the tributes to your mother spoke of her life and legacy. One of my memories of her was advocating for those who stopped by the church for help. She truly cared about people as individuals and she will be remembered as loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Our prayers are with you and your families. Pastor Marg Moriyama

Dear Deb and Rick: Wishing you peace and loving memories of your mom, Deb. Sending lots of hugs. In love and friendship, Louise and Mike

To John, Dan, Deb and family, John and I were saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember the Sunday gatherings at Grandma Richardson's home, where the topics of family, religion, and politics were enthusiastically discussed! Your Mom always had crocheted items and quilts for the family showers she hosted. She had many talents and was a true farmer's wife helping at the barn with the dairy herd. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

We hope that knowing that others care will bring strength and comfort to you at this most difficult time.

John, Dan and Deb So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Lyla will be very happy to see your dad again. To be by his side will mean alot to both of them. We remember her for one of her many talents, her beautiful drawings on cards. Our thoughts are with you.

My sincerest sympathy to the Richardson family, it was a pleasure to know and care for Lyla during her time at meadow park. Sincerely Kim Toulouse.

Thoughts and prayers with the Richardson family... will miss seeing Lyla in the West wing. Cherish all your memories of times spent with your Mom and grandma.

Deb, My thoughts and prayers to you in the loss of your mom Hugs❤️

Dear John, Dan and Deb, Aunt Lyla was such a special aunt and always made me feel so included in your family when I was young. She was such a hard worker at home along side Uncle Tom on the farm. I remember large family gatherings at their home and Explorers meetings in your kitchen after school at SS#2. I remember your mom picking out beautiful clothes for us to wear for a church fashion show from Linen and Wool (she had a real fashion sense) and when Heather was born she arrived with a complete chicken dinner and a handmade pink quilt. ...And such a kind heart, she treated my mom like a sister. She made a difference in so many lives. We remember her with love and have many memories to share.

John, Dan, and Deb - I just want to agree with others that your mom was such a special person. Larry and I were recently remembering that it was your mom, as our Sunday School teacher, who encouraged us to memorize much. We completed the memorization and then were each presented with a Bible which we both still have, with the note “presented by Lyla Richardson.” Your mom encouraged so many. You will feel such a loss when you can’t pop in to see her any more. Hugs to you and your family as you lovingly remember your mom, Grandma, and Great-grandma. With our love.

My sincerest condolences for the loss of your mom.

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

What a lovely tribute to your mother. Lyla Richardson was one of the women who impacted me greatly as a child. I always felt welcome in the Richardson home and remember the way Lyla looked straight into my eyes when she spoke to me, always addressing me by name, with a respect that made me feel valued. I remember Lyla’s instruction to the young ladies as Explorers and the welcome we felt as teens. Deb, Dan, John and your families, I want to offer my condolences to you as you grieve your mother’s passing. Saying goodbye to Mom is never easy. Sending love to you.

John, Dan, Deb, we send our sympathies to you...I remember your mom ironing outside on hot summer nights in the summer when I was little, there was a big tree just outside the porch door, I remember her always having such a flair for style, be it the kitchen or her clothes, so sharpe, but especially I remember her lovingly sharing your swimming pool with us and our children, She never ever let me feel we were invading her space on a hot summer afternoon. She was a kind aunt...Our thoughts to your families. Dorothy and Garry

So sorry to hear of Lyla's passing. Although I have not seen her for many years.. always remember when Lyla and Tom came into McIntyre Pharmacy in Blenheim where I worked as a pharmacy tech. They were always pleasant and it was so nice to see smiling faces. RIP Lyla

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, GOD BLESS Joyce and Bill