Nancy Gray Richardson


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Orrington - Nancy Gray Richardson, our beautiful, creative mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on August 3, 2019. We will miss her surprise parties and her artistic, fun-loving influence on all our lives. She dressed up many an occasion (and many of us) with her handmade costumes, cakes, posters, poems and projects and fostered the artist in all of us. Nancy was born in Lowville, NY, on March 9, 1942, to Eugene Francis Gray and Flora Green Gray. She came from a family of artists and musicians, played the French horn in her high school marching band at Beaver River Central High School in Beaver Falls, NY, and sang on stage and radio as a young woman. She leaves behind several dear high school friends and recently attended her 60thhigh school reunion. Nancy attended Oswego State Teachers College in NY where she studied art. On February 13, 1960, Nancy married Warren Richardson and they moved to Millinocket, ME, where Warren worked at Great Northern Paper Company. Shortly after, they were stationed at Fort Benning, GA, and after a two-year tour in the Army, returned to Millinocket where they raised their family. Nancy and Warren had 7 children and count their one-time exchange student, Cathrine Nymoen from Norway, as an adopted daughter. In 1989, they moved their family to Hattiesburg, MS. After Warren's retirement in 2000, they moved to their current home in Orrington, ME. Nancy is pre-deceased by a son, Todd Gray Richardson; her parents, "Fran" and Flora Gray; and her sister, Doris Dahlgren. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Warren Richardson; daughters, Kim Richardson, Kari Richardson (Mickey Lackey), Tracy Richardson (David Powers), Kristi Munch (Todd Munch), and Jodi Drapeau (Jose Drapeau); son, Allan Richardson (Jennifer Richardson); brothers, Richard Gray (Joan Gray) and James Gray (Becky Gray); grandchildren, Kary Davidson (Jim Davidson), Linwood Bubar (Kate Bubar), Mallory Bubar (Andrew Bailey), Rose Allen, Leah Richardson, Abby Richardson, Erik Richardson and Dominic Drapeau; great-grandchildren, Evan Davidson, Aiden Bubar and Max Bubar; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life at their home at 456 Swetts Pond Road in Orrington, ME, on Saturday, August 10, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Susan G. Komen in Nancy's name. Messages of condolence may be expressed at
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Chuck Martin
Aug 18, 2019
May the sweet memories you share serve to bolster you in your time of grief. The Love, the laughs, the smiles shared will in time overcome the sorrow of your loss.
Ever marching forward is time; and each day passed brings us all closer to seeing, in God's glorious Kingdom, our Loved ones, those He blessed us with knowing and loving on this earth .

Until that Glorious Day may you all Love and comfort one another.

Mya our Lord grant you His shalom,

Love Chuck Martin
Charles Randall
Aug 11, 2019
Dear Warren and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. Swetts Pond has lost a kind and caring light. I will always treasure both of your many kindnesses to my mother.
Chris Lewellen & Deborah Hurt (TCDF)
Aug 09, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. May the Lord comfort you in the days to come. God bless.
Mark Stranieri
Aug 08, 2019
Dear Kari - My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during your time of sadness.
Kamma Michaud
Aug 08, 2019
I can't make blueberry pancakes without thinking of Nancy Richardson. After Tracy's annual slumber parties, she made them for breakfast and they were the best ( and I'm sure without much sleep!). Brian and I send our love and sympathy to you all. Her family must have been her greatest blessing.
Keith Lehman
Aug 07, 2019
I was in high school with Nancy at Beaver River. We graduated together in June 1959. Blessings to all the family at this difficult time.
Ken and Peggy Rowsam
Aug 07, 2019
Sad to learn of Nancy" passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ken and Peggy Rowsam
Aug 07, 2019
So sad to learn of Nancy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gerd Børresen
Aug 06, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Richardson family.
Joy Foy
Aug 06, 2019
What a beautiful life Nancy has lead and shared with so many. I'm very sorry for your lost. Joy Foy
Mark Jordan
Aug 06, 2019
Ah, Kari - my heart goes out to you. I pray Lord consoles you as only He can in times such as these.
Grace and peace,
Pat Russell
Aug 06, 2019
So sorry to read of Nancy’s passing. I remember well her creative endeavors. She made a Raggedy Ann doll for me which frightened my then young daughter. As Stage Band mothers we made vests assembly line technique for our kids. Raising 6 kids was a piece of cake for Nancy. She lived it all. My heart goes out to all the family. Pat Russell , Hampden
Jean Babbidge-O'Kane
Aug 06, 2019
Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow and deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved wife, Warren. My sincerest condolences go out to the entire Richardson family. Please know that all of you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Jay Robinson
Aug 06, 2019
Heartfelt condolences go out to the Richardson family. My Dad "Wiggie" and Warren were best of friends.
Kathy Kiraly
Aug 06, 2019
Kari, I am so sorry. My love to you and your family.
Gille Beaulieu
Aug 06, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Richardson family so very sorry for your loss
Cynthia Dechenes
Aug 06, 2019
I will always remember picking up Tracy for school and hearing her mom’s loving, energetic voice calling out “Get a 100!”. You could feel the love for her children every day💕
Mark Pease
Aug 06, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom!!!! Heartfelt sorrow and deepest condolences to her families!!! Hold onto and cherish the memories!!!! RIP Mrs. Richardson!!!!
Norma and Mel Zehr
Aug 05, 2019
We are shocked and grieve your great loss. Nancy contributed so much to life. Now on to her forever life and eternal reward.
Mark C.
Aug 05, 2019
What a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Richardson. It is very apparent that her life touched many other people's lives, and she truly made a difference in this world. May you find comfort and strength in friends and family in the days ahead!
Mark Leventhal
Aug 05, 2019

I'm so sorry of the loss of your Mom. Please accept my sincere condolences.

May her memory be a blessing.
Patricia Madore
Aug 05, 2019
My condolences to Nancy's family. Didn't know her well but knew her family was everything to her. My heart goes out to her family and my hope is you all cherish your memories of her.
Aug 05, 2019
Tracy and David
I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Sending you big hugs and prayers.
robert bramhall
Aug 05, 2019
Butch and I are so happy to have been at one of the class reunion party's, where we saw Nancy and met Warren. It was the first time we saw her since the 1950's. May you find comfort in the memories of her, most generous giving, of herself. Love to all the family Pat & Butch
Aug 05, 2019