Mary Louise Richardson

November 2, 1913December 2, 2012

Mary Louise Killeen RICHARDSON 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 the manager 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 will be held Friday, December 7th at 11 a.m. 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 Avenue SW, Seattle, 98136 or West Seattle High School Alumni Scholarship, 3000 California Avenue SW, Seattle 98116.  


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Reception Friday, December 7, 2012

Mary Louise Richardson

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Amy Andrews

December 12, 2012

MaryLou was an incredible person and a dear friend. Even after I left The Kenney, we continued to remain in touch, and I valued my friendship with her more than ever. She was wise, smart, and funny. She is missed by many, but we know she is in a better place!

December 11, 2012

Jan and Sue, Althogh I only met your mother once I remember what a lovely woman she was. We will keep you all in our prayers. Jim, Bonnie, Kelsey and Ben.

Seth Hummel

December 7, 2012

Our family has a summer cabin directly across the bay from were Mary Lou and Wayne's place was at the end of Seven Sisters road.

We would arrive on the weekends to cross the bay to our cabin and Mary Lou was always there with a friendly greeting and to keep us apprised of the latest news about the Island and Bywater Bay.

Mary Lou knew everyone on the Island and everything that went on and everyone loved stopping to talk to and to get the latest Island information from Mary Lou.

I remember if we had to wait for the tide to come in or the weather to clear, she would invite me and my siblings in for cookies and we would watch the hummingbirds feeding from her feeders.

Mary Lou was very likeable and when Mary Lou would speak you could not help but be captivated by her rich stories and bold communication.

I still go over to our cabin often and when I reach the end of the road I always look to their former cabin and think of Mary Lou and get a Wayne even though they have not been there for many years, their memory still warms my heart.

She was a great lady from a great generation.

--- The Hummel's

Margaret (Peggy) Fox

December 7, 2012

Mary Lou was a gift in my life. There was always a twinkle in her eye, a witty quip to be shared, and a song to be sung in her clear sweet voice. I was in awe of her strength and courage in her final days. I'll always remember her smile and and wonderful sense of humor. Thank you Sue and Jan for the hours I spent with her. I will miss her always.

December 6, 2012

Sue and Jan,
Your mom was such a sweetheart! I am so gifted to have had her as a neighbor for many years. Prayers for your peace and comfort.
Betty Campbell

Pat McGuire

December 6, 2012

I was always delighted to see Mrs. Richardson when I visited the Kenney; I thoroughly enjoyed our little chats and delighted in her sparkling blue eyes; especially when they held that little twinkle.

I know that the W.S. Garden Club and the Kenney Foundation were important groups; I enjoyed seeing Sue and her at the Foundation luncheons. I went to school with Janice but did not really get to know her Mom until my aunt and uncle (Doris and Andy Nelson) came to the Kenney. My prayers are with you all!

Pat (Powell) McGuire

June Killmer

December 6, 2012

Mary Lou came into my life when I became friends with Sue in 7th grade. I always enjoyed visiting and laughing with Mary Lou as she was witty and entertaining with her many stories. She will be honored each year when I make my mincemeat tarts, which I know she always enjoyed. I have been blessed by the many years of knowing Mary Lou as "Mom".....Dear lady, you were loved will be missed.