Richardson, Winifred

January 20th, 2010

Miss Winifred H. Richardson, age 88, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on January 20, 2010.

Born in Boston, MA, Winifred was the dear daughter of the late Alvin W. and Maude C. (Kathan) Richardson. Winnie, as she was fondly referred to by her family and friends, grew up in Waltham, MA, she attended Chapel Hill Private School, which later became Chauncy Hill School in Waltham, and graduated in the Class of 1939.

Winnie went on to College in Boston, earning her Masters in Education and was a kindergarten teacher in Winchester from 1945 until she retired in 1981.

Winnie’s family moved to Wilmington in 1939 and they bought a working farm on Woburn Street. The family farmed chickens, eggs, and vegetables. Winnie, along with her parents and sisters, worked extremely hard at organic gardening years before it became popular.

In her younger years Winnie was a counselor at Camp Aloha for girls located on Lake Morey in Fairlee, Vermont;  she also summered with her family for many years at Pautuckaway Lake in Nottingham, New Hampshire. In the 1950’s she bought a piece of land on the lake and her family built their new summer home by hand, making many memories for years to come.

Winnie and her sisters Willard and Elinor were very adventurous. One summer they drove all through Canada on their way to Alaska before it even became a state, the ladies also bought a Motor Home and toured all over the United States on their summer vacations. Winnie and her sisters wintered in Palmetto, Florida for many years after they retired.

Winnie will be fondly remembered as a hard worker, devoted teacher, a lady who was way ahead of her time, a giver, and a dear friend. She will be greatly missed.

Besides her parents, Winnie was predeceased by her two sisters M. Willard Richardson and Elinor Richardson. She is survived by several cousins and many dear friends.

Memorial donations in Winnie’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral Services will be held at a later date.


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  1. Nancy Kimball Lang says:

    She was very special. She is my cousin and I’ll never forget the times spent growing up visiting the family with my parents. I was fasinated
    when Elinor, Willrd and Winnie were telling stories of trips, cooking, etc.
    I was alot younger so I guess you could say she was my mentor.
    In later years age no longer made a difference and she and Elinor
    helped me on a few projects. Unfortuantely I didn’t visit as often etc. as I would have liked to but she’ll always have a special place in my heart and I’m thankful that when I last saw her she gave me a 30 second window. This was alot of time considering the conditions. which I will never forget and with it a beautiful smile. It was our special moment.

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