West Seattle-born Mary Louise Killeen Richardson, 99, remembered

Memorial and burial were scheduled today at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) for Mary Louise Killeen Richardson. Here’s how she is remembered:

Age 99 and one month, Mary Lou died peacefully in her sleep in her apartment at The Kenney. She was born on Yancy Street in West Seattle on November 2, 1913 to Walter Killeen and Gertrude Barnecut Killeen. She was proud of her Barnecut family pioneer heritage. The Killeen Family spent two years homesteading in the Priest Rapids area of eastern Washington from 1916-1918. When they returned to West Seattle, the family bought a home on SW Mills Street. Mary Lou attended Gatewood School and later graduated from West Seattle High School in 1931. She stayed on at West Seattle High for two more years of post-graduate secretarial study. Then she went to work for Peoples National Bank in West Seattle, where she met her husband, Wayne Harding Richardson.

They were married September 11, 1937. Wayne and Mary Lou had lots of fun together golfing, bowling, and socializing during the early years of their marriage, until WWII. They moved to an apartment in West Seattle where they welcomed their first child, Susan Lea, born in 1943. Mary Lou and Sue joined Wayne in Manchuria in 1947. After the China experience, they all returned to West Seattle and welcomed Janice Lynn to the family in 1948.

Mary Lou served the Lafayette Elementary School PTA for many years and also volunteered in the Lafayette PTA Kitchen Band. She was a 50-plus-year member of West Seattle Garden Club and served on the board of West Seattle YWCA, the Arboretum Foundation and the Seattle Visiting Nurse Service. She also served as 1931 Class Rep for the West Seattle High School Alumni Association.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Kenneth Killeen, and her husband, Wayne Richardson. She is survived by her daughters, Sue Richardson Whittenberg, West Seattle, and Janice Richardson (Bruce) Stell, Missoula, MT. and her grandchildren, Kathryn Conder (TX), John Whittenberg (CA), Leslie Whittenberg (LA), Andrew Whittenberg (WA), Ken Whittenberg (MT), Josh Stell (NV), Wayne Stell (MT), and Ruth Stell (AZ). There are four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by fifteen first cousins, numerous other cousins and many new and a few old friends.

Funeral Services (were held today) at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery with immediate burial there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kenney Life Care Fund, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, 98136, or West Seattle High School Alumni Scholarship, 3000 California Avenue SW, Seattle 98116.

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7 Replies to "West Seattle-born Mary Louise Killeen Richardson, 99, remembered"

  • Findlay December 7, 2012 (2:30 pm)

    Mary Lou was the first resident that I met when we were visiting The Kenney to get a “feel” for the place.

    Mary Lou was sitting near a lobby window with her book in hand. We quickly struck up a conversation where she glowed about the level of care that she was receiving there.

    After my mother-in-law became a resident, I ran into Mary Lou many times and was always blessed by the conversation that we had.

    Mary Lou….may God Bless you and I hope you are partying in Heaven!

  • Cait December 7, 2012 (3:41 pm)

    She will be so missed

  • islewrite December 7, 2012 (6:50 pm)

    Mary Lou was a pip. I am the proud owner of her colorful swizzle stick collection, which she gathered over many years of dining in Seattle. In addition to her ready smile and spirit, I’ll always remember her love of purple glassware and how it graced her kitchen windowsills.

  • moji December 7, 2012 (7:31 pm)

    I love that lady and her sense of humor with all my heart. Thanks to everyone who took care of her…or was she really taking care of us?!

  • transplantella December 7, 2012 (11:48 pm)

    Mary Lou, you are a dear person and will not be forgotten.

    You have been such a grand lady. Thank you.

  • Julia December 8, 2012 (12:08 am)

    Loved her, will miss her. She had a better memory than I do, at half her age!

  • alkimom December 8, 2012 (6:26 pm)

    Mary Lou was a delightful witty woman with a wonderful store of West Seattle history to share. It was pleasure to know her.

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