SEARSPORT - Mildred was born on June 7, 1924 in China, Maine, to Hans Christian Hagerup and Llewella Jones Hagerup. She was one of 6 children. She passed away on Monday morning, January 12, at Harbor Hill in Belfast where she was in rehab after a second bout of pneumonia. Millie had many interests; especially politics, literature, plants and bridge. She was a tiger at bridge and played every week with her dedicated bridge friends.
Milli had studied plants, especially flowers, all her life and knew them by their Latin names. She had shared her knowledge of them generously. Her favorites were blue and pink varieties and the more unusual the more to be admired.
Milli and Charles L. Richardson were married on April 29, 1950. She and Charlie retired to Searsport in 1982 from Carlisle, MA where they had lived the previous 26 years while he ran a business and she was his office help. When they moved to Maine, she brought many of her special plants with her. She became very active in the First Congregational Church in Searsport and volunteered as secretary for many precomputer and precopier years. She was also very active in the Women's Fellowship even in her later years especially with the Annual Plant Sale. Each year she contributed hundreds of perfectly potted unusual plants. And when she could no longer do the work herself, she trained others to do it. Milli was widowed in 1994. She is survived by one brother, Erlon Hagerup, one niece, Debbie Pelham, and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many friends of longstanding including Wes Butler, Judy Kaiser, Angie Jipson, Maria Rowe and Mary Brann. She also leaves beautiful gardens and a collection of slides of flowers and gardens taken over decades which include treasured ones of English gardens. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Searsport on January 31 at 2PM followed by a time of fellowship and remembrance in Curtis Hall. She will be laid to rest in the spring next to her husband in Gordon Cemetery. In Milli's memory, donations may be made to the Congregational Church for the Stained Glass Window Restoration Project. Arrangements are under the care of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)