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Obituary: Richardson, Jessie

Thu., Feb. 9, 2012, midnight

Age 97

(Age 97)

Passed away on February 3, 2012 with family by her side in Glendale, Arizona.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Congregational Church of Sun City, Arizona, which she attended.

In addition, a final service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, Washington on February 9, 2012.

Jessie was born January 22, 1915, in Doncaster, England to Joseph and Elizabeth Clay.

She married Philip Richardson on September 4, 1937.

A daughter, Heather was born in 1939.

During World War II, American GI’s encouraged them to travel to the United States.

The three of them were sponsored to Canada after the war in 1947.

They lived in Trail, British Columbia for three years in hopes of getting sponsored into the United States where they might follow their dream of owning and operating their own bakery.

In 1952, Jessie gave birth to a second daughter, Cathy McAlister of Peoria, Arizona.

The family received sponsorship to Spokane, Washington.

Jessie and Philip worked at a bakery in downtown Spokane for a number of years, during which time they became naturalized citizens of the United States.

In 1958 they opened “The Cake Box Bakery” where Phil did the baking while Jessie did all the paperwork and sales.

Jessie loved waiting on customers, especially during the holidays.

One of her favorite things to do was to decorate gingerbread houses.

Jessie authored three books while in her eighties with many stories about her childhood in England and her romantic and devoted life with Philip.

Jessie Richardson is survived by her daughter Cathy, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip and her daughter, Heather.


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