Celebration of Life of Lois Louis Richardson
Lois was born the second of eleven children, to John Hurley and Corene (Shug) McCoy, both preceded her in transition. Lois was born on January 11, 1929, in Russell County, Alabama. She was educated in Girard High School in Phoenix City, Alabama. She accepted Christ on August 8, 1941, at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church located in Pittsview, Alabama. In 1947 Lois married Virge Richardson and from this union was born three children, Francine, Kenneth, and Valinda.
Virge and Lois made their journey from Alabama to Detroit in 1947. Together they worked on the mental, physical, and spiritual development of their family. In 1980 Virge departed this life, and Lois proudly assumed the head of the family with wisdom and grace. She was called “Ma” by many young people because of her love and care for people. The house was often filled with friends and family. Everyone knew that good home cooking was filling the pots and home with the aroma of fresh home cooking. In 1955, the family joined the Greater King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church. There, Lois faithfully worked on the Usher Board, she song in both the Inspirational and Senior Choirs. She was a captain for the Women’s Day Program. She served on the Missionary Board, the Nurses Guile and served in the kitchen. Lois was also studies. She received several Certificates for nursing, and she received an honorary Certificate of Service working with the Detroit Police Cadets under Coleman A. Young administration during the eighties and nineties. In the 2000’s, Lois dedicated her life and service to the sick and shut-in as a private-duty nurse until she became ill.
Lois loved to travel, her nieces and nephews in Buffalo, N.Y. lovingly called her “Motor City” because she represented in True Motor City style. Style was another one of her strong points. She believed in dressing in fashion and her make-up was always on cue. Also, Lois loved working in her yard and garden. It was no surprise to see her out way past dark sweeping, cleaning, and making things grew. Lois, also served as president of Webb St. Block Club. Lois’s accomplishments are wide and many.
She believed in eating right and staying fit. However, in 2011, her health took on a challenge and she suffered a stroke. The stroke elevated into stages of dementia. In 2013, her condition warranted constant around supervision and care. So, she was admitted into a nursing home facility. In 2015, she was residing at the Lasher Hills Nursing Home in Southfield, MI where she made her transition on September 19, 2021, in a peaceful state. Lois leaves behind to cherish her life, three children Francine Gildersleeve-Guyton, Kenneth Richardson (Isha), and Valinda Brown (Manuel). Seven grandchildren Walter Gildersleeve, Takara-A Jene Todd, Camron, Cory, Cody, and Manuel L. Brown II, and DeAndra D. Brown. One great granddaughter Nevaeh Johnson. Three of Lois’s siblings has preceded her on their journey: John C. McCoy, Hurcus McCoy, and Katy Bell Mitchell. To honor her life six sisters Maggie McSwain, Ruby Dawson, Myrtis Jordan from Atlanta, Georgia Mae McCoy, Marion Ingram, Dorothy Fordsam (Chuck Fordsam) of Alabama, and one brother Sam McCoy (Ruby) from Alabama. Lois also leaves to cherish her memory many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.
Lois lived a full and blessed life. She was blessed and highly favored; So, if there are any tears, let them be tears of joy. Because Lois is with the Lord. No more pain. No more fear. No more worldly disappointments. She’s free-absent from the body. Present with the Lord. Amen. Amen. Amen.
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