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Darlene Faye Richardson
( August 18, 1938 – February 05,
2017 )

Wednesday ~ 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday ~ 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Darlene Faye (Hughes) Richardson, 78 year old resident of Leedey, OK, passed
away Sunday, February 5, 2017 in her home. She was born August 18, 1938, in
Higgins, TX, to Ira S. and Theresa (Houser) Hughes. With two older brothers,
James (Jim) and Fred, she completed the family. Darlene attended several
schools during her childhood. Jim was twelve years older than Darlene, but she
remembered her and Fred riding a horse to a two room schoolhouse. While
attending school in Rye, CO, Darlene suffered from polio. Through sheer
strength and determination of herself and her mother, she was able to walk to
accept her Y-Teen crown and her high school diploma. After graduation, she
married Dale Richardson on July 20, 1956. They were married 23 years before
divorcing. To this union three children were born, Vicky Lynn, Cindy Faye, and
Alan S. Darlene never remarried, but did have a long time companion, Bud

Darlene was an amazing landscape artist and gardener, enjoying many hours
working in her yard. She spent many an evening sitting by the outdoor fire pit,
watching the birds, or admiring God’s creation. She was also talented at
cross-stitch, embroidery, crocheting and most any type of handwork. She blessed
her children, grandchildren and many friends with her lovely handiwork.
“Grandma Dot” or “G-Dot”, as she was lovingly known, was an energetic and
fun-loving grandma. She loved her children dearly, but when her grandchildren
were born, her love was multiplied and when the great-grandchildren started
coming, the love she had grew exponentially! She also loved the neighbor
children as they would come to visit, help in any way, or just to play. If she
had a fire going in the fire pit, it didn’t take much to persuade them to roast
a marshmallow for a s’more. There is a Richardson Family Group text and she was
always relaying stories about her “other kids”, a recent one being a trip to
Elk City for Braum’s ice cream that included a few neighborhood boys. Darlene
loved spending time with Bud, helping check his cattle, looking at the farm
ground, and generally enjoying the countryside. She was a devoted Leedey Bison
fan, watching many of their activities. Darlene enjoyed working at the Leedey
Senior Citizens Center, delivering meals to the “old” people. She was talented
and loved oil painting and cross-stitching. She attended the Leedey and Hammon
First United Methodist churches, enjoying the fun and fellowship at both. She
quoted this often: “People do not stop doing things because they get older,
they get older because they stop doing things.” Darlene was an active mom,
grandma, great-grandma and friend, she truly “lived” until her death.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents Ira S. and Theresa, brothers Jim
and Fred, and special friend, Bud Hughes.

She is survived by daughters Vicky (Dan) Hadley of Sedan, KS and Cindy (Mike)
Grant of Sayre, OK; son Alan Richardson and Teresa Everett of Frisco, TX;
grandchildren and great-grandchildren Bobbie, Kevin & Blake Robison of
Fairview, OK, Joni Hadley & Trey Beeson of Sedan, KS, Kelly, Brandon, Wade,
& Wyatt Manke of Watonga, OK, Kent, Sam, Lilly & Karlee of Leedey, OK,
Michael, Robin, Trey & Bowan Grant of Oklahoma City, OK, Dusty, Lisa,
Grayson and Mollie Grant of Weatherford, OK, Heather Richardson and Brooke Richardson
both of College Station, TX, Scott, Jessica, Caden, Hudson and Preslee Everett
of Frisco, TX, Marc and Nikki Everett of Frisco, TX, Jared Everett and Ryan
Everett both of Frisco, TX; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside Services on Friday, Feb.
10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Higgins Cemetery, Higgins, Texas.
Funeral Services will be held at
1:30 in the First United Methodist Church on Friday, February 10, 2017 in
Leedey, Oklahoma.