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Alva Delora Richardson

12 March, 192930 September, 2020


Was called home on sept 30, 2020 at the age of 91. She was born on March 12, 1929 to Henry and Amalia Gettman at the family farm east of Odessa, WA. Alva grew up on a cattle ranch between Odessa, Harrington and Ritzville. She attended school in Harrington and graduated high school in 1947. She joined 4-H in grade school and as an adult became a 4-H leader. On the ranch as a teenager she would drive tractor for bailing hay. In 4-H she baked, canned and showed steers at the fairs in Davenport, Yakima, Spokane and Portland, where the steers would be sold. In 1949 she married W.M. (Bill) Richardson. They raised their two daughters in Odessa. Alva was active in her community and church. She worked for 20 plus years as a cashier at the local grocery store. She got involved in a great variety of crafts, but quilting became her passion, sharing her labors of love with many. She is survived by her two daughters Janet and Lora and their families and some special nieces and nephews. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, her services will be limited to close family. However her service will be streamed at for those that want to join in the celebration of her live. The Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Heritage Church, Odessa, WA with Pastor Jon Hayashi, Officiating. Memorials can be made to the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Foundation or the Heritage Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the family STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the Richardson family.

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Susan Ryan

October 5, 2020

Alva was such a sweet lady, always with a smile on her face. I so enjoyed talking about quilts with her. She was faithful to always donate quilts to the Wine Tasting and Auction every year. Alva will be missed by her community.

JoEllen Wollman

October 4, 2020

Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers and in my heart. Alva was such a special person and will be missed.

Angela Cosson

October 4, 2020

I was one of the many who she shared her quilts with. I remember the first day i met her. I was visiting with my friend Marie Gettmann and Alva offered me a quilt. Just gave me a quilt, a perfect stranger a quilt. I really enjoyed future visits to her home . I will miss her but am so thankful that she is with her Lord now.

Donna Christianson

October 3, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Alva's passing. Alva and I rode on the same school bus, spent the night at each other's homes and went to school together for about 8 years.

I send my sincere sympathy.

Donna Christianson ( a former resident of Mohler, WA and now residing in Ferndale, WA for the past 20 years.)

Karen Brooks

October 2, 2020

Alva was more then a neighbor, she was my quilting friend, who I learned from, as she shared her life and stories with me. She will be missed.


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