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Dora Mae Mills Richardson, died peacefully at her home in Parkersburg, WV, on Tuesday,
September 5, 2017, at the age of 93.
Born in Barn, WV, on July 27, 1924, Dora was a long time resident of Rupert, WV, in Greenbrier County. She attended school in Odd, WV, and retired from Greenbrier County Schools.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oley Johnson Mills and Victoria Ellen Meadows Mills;
her siblings, Nina Graham, Eileen Boyd, Fern Walker, Lila Crookshanks, and a 2-year old baby brother, Oley Dale Mills; her beloved husband of 39 years, John Wesley Richardson, a WWII veteran; a precious son, Wesley Dale Richardson; her half-siblings, Delmer Mills, Arbrie Mills, and Alasta Mills; and a special friend, John Nutter.
After almost 60 years of living in Greenbrier County, Dora moved to Parkersburg, WV, in 2010 to be with her daughter, Gerry Mae Richardson Kohler, and her daughter's family: husband, Bill Kohler;
son and daughter-in- law, Bill and Beth Kohler; and daughter, Emily Dale Kohler. Dora's son-in- law, Charles White, resides in Des Moines, Iowa. She also has many nieces and nephews in the southern part of West Virginia.
Dora's first niece, Wilma Jean Mills (now Wilma Jean Johnson), became her and John's foster
daughter, who survives her, along with foster grandchildren, Jamie Johnson and wife Debbie; Liesl
Johnson McLemore and husband, Blake; and foster great-grandchildren, April Johnson, and Taylor and Christina McLemore. Wilma's husband, James Johnson, passed away in Virginia in 2014.
A Methodist at Bascom United Methodist Church in Rupert, WV, for many years, and then a
member of Church of God in Rupert, Dora joined the congregation of First Lutheran Church in
Parkersburg, WV. A woman of faith and love, she was a strong and consistent example of a positive
attitude, believing that we should all make the most of what we have. She loved her family, planting and weeding her gardens, country food, cooking, sewing, quilting, and canning. One of her favorite things after moving to Parkersburg was to shop at Ward's Market. In her later years, she enjoyed crocheting prayer shawls to provide comfort to those in need.
It was Dora's wish that donations be made in her memory to First Lutheran Church Community
Garden Fund, 1701 19 th Street, Parkersburg, WV, 26101, or to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jeffery Braham, Dr. Mirza Hamirani, and Housecalls Hopsice
for their long-time compassionate care of Dora.
Visitation at Leavitt's Funeral Home will be from 2 - 3 p.m. on Friday, September 8, with funeral
services beginning immediately after. The Reverend Ian Reid will preside. Services will also be held at Smathers Funeral Home in Rainelle, WV, on Monday, September 11, with the viewing from 1 - 2 p.m. and the service from 2 - 3 p.m. The Reverend Ian Reid will preside. Burial will be at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, WV, immediately following.
Published on September 7, 2017
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