Helen D. Richardson

Born in Hartsville, TN on July 15, 1926

Departed on February 6, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Helen Dalphnee Richardson, born July 15, 1926, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Lodge at Natchez Trace, from complications of Alzheimer’s. Helen was preceded in death by her parents: Drewy Mack Richardson and Clara Mae Cook Richardson; brothers: Harold Richardson and Dorris (Martha Carolyn) Richardson.

Having lived on a farm, Helen’s family moved from Hartsville, TN to her cousin, William Stephens’ farm in the Pasquo community. She graduated high school at David Lipscomb, received her undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University, and earned a masters degree at Vanderbilt University. Her first teaching assignment with Metro Schools was at Harpeth Valley Elementary. In 1960, Westmeade Elementary School was built and Helen was appointed its first Principal. She remained at Westmeade as Principal until her retirement in 1990.

She was a charter member of Bellevue Church of Christ, where she worshipped until her health failed her.

After her retirement she enjoyed the Bellevue Garden Club where she held many offices and participated in flower arranging and judging at Cheekwood Gardens.

Helen is survived by many cousins; as well as Howard and Jan Anderson, Chad and Angela Anderson, and their children: Mattie, Tucker, Chloe, Maclain, Paylin and twins, Bodie and Piper, and Howie and Joann Anderson and their children: Lauren (Aaron) Anderson Powell and Wes Anderson.

Visitation will be Friday, February 10th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and again on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:30 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville. Burial will follow in the Garden of the Good Shepherd at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Back Pack Program for Gower School, c/o Western Hills Church of Christ, 7565 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209, Lipscomb Academy, 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204, or Nashville Christian School, 7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, TN 37221.

Howard and Jan Anderson would like to thank Dr. Charles Daniels for his excellent care, and the staff at The Lodge, especially nurse Heather and Ms. Erma, for making Helen’s last 2 years the best they could be.

2 Comments to Helen D. Richardson

  1. Luann, N Landers
    February 11, 2017 7:50 am

    I was lucky enough to have Mrs. Richardson for my principal at Westmeade from 1966-1970. She and my mother were friends through the garden club. And also that I spent a bit of time in her office for talking too much… She was a great lady and an important part of my early school life. She’s not forgotten in my book. Bless her and the family.

  2. Tom and Beverly Stark and family
    February 11, 2017 10:36 am

    We would like to send our deepest sympathies to Helen’s family. We have known Helen for 40 years as friends and neighbors. My wife has share flowers and gardening tips with her over the years. She will be missed and never forgotten.

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