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Lois A. (Roy) Richardson

March 7, 1930 ~ April 13, 2022 (age 92)


PLYMOUTH-Lois Anne Richardson of Plymouth, MA died peacefully on April 13, 2022 following a brief illness, at the home of her son John in Athol, MA, surrounded by loved ones.  

Born in Plymouth on March 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late James “Buster” and Emma Roy (nee Fornaciari).  She was predeceased in 2018 by her husband John E. “Jack” Richardson to whom she was married for 64 years.

Lois grew up in Plymouth, attended the Oak Street school, and subsequently the old Plymouth High School.  She graduated in 1947 with a varsity letter in cheerleading.  She earned a nursing degree from Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, MA in 1949 and then spent her entire career working in labor and delivery, first at Saint Elizabeth’s, then at the Alexander-Eastman Hospital in Derry, NH, and later at the Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.  In total she worked more than fifty years in nursing, helping to deliver thousands of babies.  Her fifteen minutes of fame came when she was shown in a 1952 Boston Post photo holding baby Daniel O’Neil Jr. whose delivery broke a string of ten consecutive sisters born to the Jamaica Plain family.

Lois married her husband Jack in 1954 and they moved to Derry in 1958 where they raised three boys. 

Over time, Lois became a master craftsperson, developing enviable skills as a knitter and with sewing, crocheting, needlepoint, stained glass, quilting, furniture restoration, and caning as well as photography. Needless to say, all of the grandchildren wore custom-ordered Halloween costumes every time they went out.  Lois was also an outstanding cook, specializing in seafood, some of which she hauled in herself while out with Jack fishing for lobsters and groundfish in and around Plymouth harbor.  During retirement she and Jack also spent several years as snowbirds, wintering in Homosassa, FL before returning to reside in Plymouth permanently.

Lois leaves behind her three sons, Edward Richardson of Seattle, WA, John Richardson and his wife Janet of Athol, MA, and Peter Richardson of Wolfeboro, NH.  She was also the beloved grandmother to four grandchildren, Emma and Margaret Richardson of Athol, Jack Richardson of Dearborn, Michigan, and Clay Richardson of Boston.  

Lois was predeceased by her sister Janice Boutin and her brother James Ernest Roy, Jr.  

Lois requested that there be no service and the family will honor those wishes.

Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.


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