Died: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Location: Light of the World Christian Church

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Location: Light of the World Christian Church

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    Viola Richardson was the daughter of the late Frank Hogue Sr. and Leona Willins.  She  was born August 28,1928 in Tunica Mississippi.  To this union were three other children who all preceded her in death:  Edna Kirkland, Frank Hogue Jr., and Lovie Mae Green.

                The family later moved to Birdsong Arkansas where she attended public school.  She attended High School in Marion County Arkansas where she was a star athlete on the women’s basketball and baseball teams. She remained an avid sports fan all of her life. She followed the Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis Colts and maintained a season ticket to the Muncie Central Bearcat High School basketball games.

               She was united in holy matrimony to Alex Richardson in June of 1948.  He preceded her in death in 1990. This union was blessed with two sons, Myron K. (Minetta) Richardson of Carmel Indiana and Alex E. (Linda) Richardson of Aurora Colorado. She leaves four grandchildren: Michael (Pam) Richardson of League City Texas, Damon Richardson of Houston Texas, Melanie (Trent) Richardson Jones of Eden Prairie Minnesota and Kenneth Richardson of Chicago Illinois.  She also leaves six great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

                Viola began her work career in the 1950’s as a house maid.  She later worked as nurse’s aide at Ball Hospital in Muncie Indiana.  Believing that education was important and an empowering factor in life, she went back to school to learn keyboarding which landed her a position in the Mortgage Loan Department at First Merchants Bank.  She held that position until she retired.

                Viola was a consummate social activist most of her life.  She was very active in the Civil Rights movement supporting the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Often during the 1960’s she would march and participate in rallies and demonstrations with her children by her side.  She was also active in Indiana politics working to get African Americans registered to vote and out to the poles.

                  Viola professed faith in Christ at an early age in Arkansas where her family was active in the local African American Episcopal Church (AME).  After marriage, she moved to Muncie Indiana where she joined the historic Schaffer Chapel AME Church.  She remained a dedicated member of Shaffer for over 60 years. 

                   After relocating to Indianapolis in 2013, she moved to Nora Commons on the Monon Senior Living Center where she made many friends. It was also at that time she  united with Light of the World Christian Church.  She loved the preaching, music, and the Sages Ministry where she participated in many of their events. 

                   Viola will always be remembered by her big smile, warm heart and witty spirit.  She made friends everywhere she went.  She impacted, mentored and encouraged people all over the country.  She will be truly missed by her family and many friends. 


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   Posted Wed November 28, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the death of Viola. The passing away of a loved one is always with much sorrow. May we have faith and confidence in the Bible's promise of a time when pain, sickness and death are a thing of the past (Revelation 21:3, 4). My condolences are with the family at this difficult time.

Jasmine Moore
   Posted Wed November 28, 2018

Succulent Garden was sent by Jasmine, Cheryl, Lisa and Spiwe in Minneapolis, MN .

Melanie & Family, Your "Minnesota Village" is sending love and support! She said... "My absence is strong and warm. it will hold you. It will teach you how to miss. How to be without. And how to survive anyway." - How Viola raised and loved her family. Blessings, Jasmine, Cheryl, Lisa, and Spiwe.

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