Mary Lou Richardson, 71, passed away June 9, 2013 at her home in Green River surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Lou was born November 23, 1941 to Emma Katrina and Kenneth Hal Gregg in Claremore, Oklahoma where she lived for six years, the longest place she called home during her youth. She lived in more than two dozen communities across the United States as a child moving with her father’s jobs and ministry, and then following her husband Buddy in seismograph and road construction jobs.
She graduated from Carlsbad High in Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1960, with many of her and Buddy’s life long friends. On December 31, 1960 Mary Lou and Buddy Richardson were married by her Southern Baptist Pastor, who happened to be her father, Kenneth Gregg. They had 51 years of sharing their life together.
Their growing family followed the HE Lowdermilk crew over 27 years, most of it following the construction of I-70 from Pueblo, Colo. to the end at Fremont Jct. in Utah. In the middle of this stretch they decided to stay in Green River and let the children finish school there.
That last move lasted 44 years and this is where Mary Lou acquired many life long friends through her kids’ school functions, long time fellowship at Green River Bible Church and through her involvement with the local Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and the Green River Jeep Posse.
Mary Lou immensely enjoyed spending time with her family, whether for holidays or anytime they got together. She will be greatly missed by her siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a multitude of friends. She was an amazing mom to her kids and others as well. She never met anyone that she didn’t consider a friend. She embraced life with an abundance of love and kindness, always there for anyone that needed it.
She is survived by her sisters Barbara (Bob) Crawford of Pueblo, Colo., and Susie Perrin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her children Vicki Dinkins of Green River; Pam (Clay) Palfreyman of Springville; Gregg (Tera Lee) Richardson of Vernal; grandchildren Stephanie, Chad, Rosemary, Lincoln, CR, Samantha, Emmy, Mikki, Raynee and Riley; great-grandchildren Karver, Austin, Hunter, Lily, Aaron, Jon, Katy and Ryland.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Emma Gregg, oldest brother Jimmy Gregg and younger brother Kenny Gregg, a grandson Tracy Palfreyman, a son-in-law Steven Dinkins, and on Feb. 29, 2012 her husband of 51 years Buddy Richardson.