Marjorie “Margie” Ellen Richardson was born April 2, 1935 in San Pedro, California to Thomas Joseph Burns of Lawrence, Massachusetts and Diantha Mary Taylor born in Dublin, Ireland.
Margie’s father retired from the US Navy in 1931 and re-enlisted in 1942 when WWII broke out. While serving, he died after an accident in 1944, when Margie was only 9 years old, leaving a sadness in her heart she never overcame. She talked Affectionate about him throughout her lifetime.
Her mother was widowed at the age of 37 with 7 surviving children Alice, Charlotte, Tommy, Margie, Robbie, Freddie and Billy to raise on her own. They had hard times and heartache, but their family bond never faltered. Her mother lived with her for many years and died in 1967 at the age of 60.
Margie with the 5th child of a family of 9 children. She remained very close to her mother, sisters and brothers always demonstrating the importance of family to her children and others. She taught her children to accept others for who they were, to stay strong but kind, to forgive, to give others a second chance and forever to be LOYAL to both friends and family.
Margie was married in San Pedro, December 22nd, 1950 at the age of 15. She married Jesse Richardson, Jr., a 19 year old Marine from Pottsboro, Texas who was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. They moved to Fallbrook to start their life together. Jesse was sent to Korea in February 1951, leaving Margie who was six months pregnant with their first child to wonder if he would return home safely.
Jesse made it home in March 1953, when his daughter Kathi was 10 months old. Jesse stayed in the US Marine Corps for 11 years. During that time Margie, a military wife was blessed with 4 more children, Ricky, Sherry, Robby and Ronny. She had her 5 children within 6 years. Her children were always meticulously dressed, groomed and well-behaved. When they were young she would polish their shoes while they were napping, then again that night after they went to bed.
They moved frequently, sometimes twice in one year, depending on Jesse’s orders. Margie was proud to tell you that she would have their new home completely put Together the first day. While living in El Monte, her nephew Johnny came to live with them and has remained a big part of their family.
Margie and Jesse bought their 1st home in 1962, in Cypress, where they put down roots, raised their family, and made lots of friends in the greatest Neighborhood ever. Margie loved to bowl with her friends and neighbors (she was a really great bowler), to attend her kids sports activities and especially loved baseball. She was the Ultimate Homemaker, Mother, Aunt, Grandmother and Friend to All, especially to her children’s friends. Any child who did not have a strong, value-based family life gravitated to her home and her warmth. They were always welcomed with open arms. They lived in Cypress until 1986 when they moved to Sun City. They had a beautiful, always immaculate home, decorated just like Margie wanted, with lots of room for the grandkids to visit, plus lots of dogs and horses for her to love and care for.
One of the family’s favorite memories of Margie is her in her kitchen making tacos for anyone and everyone that would show up on Sunday nights for dinner, a tradition that began when Jesse was in the Marines and would bring home Buddies who didn’t have any family to visit.
Margie’s life with filled with the joy of her 62 years of marriage to Jesse, their 5 children and their spouses, her 17 grandchildren, 39 great-grandkids, and 5 great-great grandkids. No mother or grandmother has ever been loved more than her. She knew every grandchild’s birthday by heart and on one was ever forgotten. The grandkids still talk about when they were young and had Christmas at her house. It was amazing and looked like Macy’s Department Store there were so many gifts.
The times spent in Margies home are unforgettable. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her yet we are all blessed and grateful to know that she has eternal life thanks to her love for Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior!
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