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Margaret Richardson

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Laconia -- Margaret Richardson, formerly of 192 Holman Street, Laconia, died on Thursday, July 21, 2005.

The daughter of William and Elizabeth (Bray) Thomas, she was born in Moodus, Connecticut on December 2, 1906. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Herman Richardson, in 1999. She was also predeceased by her two brothers, Eugene Thomas and William Thomas, and her sister, Anna Thomas.

At an early age, she became an avid reader and a talented musician. These interests continued throughout her life. She enjoyed reading several books a week even when her eyesight limited her to large-print books and special lighting. As an accomplished pianist, she performed for audiences as a young woman and delighted her family and friends with her music all of her life. As a girl, she played the piano for silent movies. Listening to opera and attending concerts were two of her pleasures.

Mrs. Richardson was a graduate of New Britain Normal School (now Central Connecticut State University). She taught school in Connecticut and Massachusetts for many years.

Before moving to Laconia, Mrs. Richardson lived in Sharon, Massachusetts where her husband was Superintendent of Schools. Here she was active in the Women's’ Club, The League of Women Voters, The First Congregational Church, and in leading various youth groups.

Mrs. Richardson is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Mary Richardson Rivers and David Rivers of Laconia, her grandchildren, Michael Rivers of Manchester, NH, Alison Rivers and her husband Michael Kurdziel of Santa Monica, CA and four great grandchildren, Alyssa Rivers, Chelsea Rivers, Katharine Rivers Kurdziel and Matthew Thomas Kurdziel.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the Laconia Congregational Church, Veterans Square, Laconia. The Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton Pastor of the church will officiate.

The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Laconia Public Library to be used for the purchase of large-print books. Laconia Public Library 695 Main Street Laconia, NH 03246 Att: Deborah Burnham.

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