On Friday, December 4, 2020, Mable Laverne Richardson, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister and friend went home to her Lord at the age of 85 at her home with her family by her side.
Laverne was born to Ed and Geraldine Starling on November 14, 1935 in Lakeland, Florida. She married the love of her life, Gene, after only dating for a few short months on April 25, 1952. They were married 68 years. Together they had four children, Joyce, Kenny, Eddie and Trish.
Laverne was a stay at home mom while her children were small and only went to work with the Polk County School Board once her youngest reached school age. She was a lifelong member of Gapway Baptist Church where she served her Lord in many different roles. She was a Sunday School teacher, Nursery worker, Vacation Bible School worker, Noah’s Fall Fest worker, served on the Homecoming, Food and Prayer Chain Committees and wherever she was needed.
Laverne was preceded in death by her father, Ed Starling, and mother, Geraldine Grimes Starling; her daughter, Joyce Ann Richardson Jordan and great grandson Colby Tyler Crafton.
She is survived by her loving husband Gene Richardson and her three children, Kenny (Ann) Richardson, Eddie (Shirley) Richardson, Trish (Jeff) Hall; 9 grandchildren, Jenni Olliff Brinson, Julia Olliff, Gerald (Janie) Richardson, Rebecca Richardson, Derrick Richardson, Jacy Carr, Tyler (Rebecca) Post, Devin Post, Breanna (Christian) Zonner; 13 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; sisters, Stella (Willie) Grimes, Lucille (Bobby) Davidson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends from 10-11am, Friday, December 18, 2020, Gapway Baptist Church, 1705 North Combee Road, with service to follow at 11am. Interment will be at Oak Hill Burial Park following the services.
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