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Ellen B Richardson
Feb 27, 1915 to Oct 30, 2018


Mother Ellen Blanding Richardson, 103, the last survivor of eleven children and only daughter born to January and Mattie Lindsay Blanding on February 27, 1915. Her earthly life is gone and her new life began on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. A life long resident of Sumter. Ellen, affectionately known as “Sister”, was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. She attended the University of South Carolina of General Studies Department of Child Development and completed competency in Child Development, July 25, 1977. Ellen also received an award from Sumter County DSS for Day Care Employee of the Year in 1983. She was awarded Service Certificate from the State of South Carolina for retirement on January 1, 1986. Elle was a homemaker, employed as a salad maker at Shaw Air Force Base Commissary and a cook at the High Hills Day Care. She was a life time member of the High Hills Baptist Church, where she attended faithfully until her health declined. She served as an usher, secretary of Sunday School and assistant Sunday School teacher to Mrs. Sarah English. Ellen received Certificate of Appreciation for devoted and invaluable service rendered to High Hills Baptist Missionary Society on April 20, 1977 and December 8, 1991. She received Certificate of Recognition for 57 years of membership at High Hills Missionary Baptist Church on August 15, 1993. She also received two special plaques, one on her 100th Birthday Celebration and oldest Mother of the Church. This blessed woman leaves to cherish her memory and legacy: three children, Gardenia R. Dennis (Willie), Dorothy R. Owens (Willie) and Ervin H. Richardson, Jr.; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, adopted children and friends. The family will receive visitation of relatives and friends from 3 to 8 p. m. daily at the home, 6830 Scales Road, Sumter. Public viewing will be Sunday, 3 to 6 p. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Celebration of Life services will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 – 11 a. m. from the High Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Donald Amis, Pastor, Eulogist, the Rev. Eugene G. Dennis, Pastor of Joshua Baptist Church, presiding. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10 a. m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:20 a. m. Burial will be in the High Hills Missionary Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.
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