JACQUELINE WATSON RICHARDSON
Passed away peacefully on September 6, 2012 in Weymouth, MA. She was a long time resident of the Honolulu area.
Jackie was born in Hackensack, NJ in 1930. She was a generous soul and caregiver all her life. She attended Leonia High School in Hackensack and graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a B.S. degree in nursing in 1952. Jackie also had a spirit for adventure and after working in New York City for a few years as a nurse, she and a college classmate set out on a Hawaiian vacation with the idea of investigating the job market while they were there.
Jackie fell in love with the islands, was hired by Straub Clinic and worked there intermittently until 1977. She married John F. “Jack” Richardson, Jr. in 1955 and settled into a busy life on Oahu raising four children while working evenings and holidays at Straub. When the children were older, she took a job with Hawaii Public Schools and was employed as a school health aide for eleven years. She retired from Wilson Elementary in 1989.
After her children were grown and she resigned from nursing, Jackie focused her energies volunteering in her community, entertaining island visitors, and rekindling her passion for adventure. She was a volunteer at Hawaii Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, and Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. She and Jack travelled world-wide – to Africa, through the Panama Canal, and all over Europe. However, her favorite trips were always to attend Skidmore class reunions and visit her grandchildren on the mainland.
Jackie is survived by Jack, her husband of 56 years and their children Mark Richardson of Huntington Beach, CA, Claudia Seaver (David) of Eaton, CO, John F. Richardson, III (Kathy) of Seattle, WA and Jill O’Brien (Tom) of Marshfield, MA, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Remembrances can be made in Jacqueline W. Richardson’s name to Aloha Shriners Children’s Transportation Fund, c/o Aloha Shriners, 1611 Kewalo Street, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96822.
The family is planning a private memorial in California.