Aretha (Blanton) Richardson

July 13, 1930 ‒ October 17, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Aretha (Blanton) Richardson, age 89, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, October 17, 2019, at Woodside Village Care Center.

She was born on July 13, 1930, in Harlan, KY, to the late James W. and Polly (Davis) Blanton.

On December 26, 1945, Aretha married the love of her life, William E. Richardson whom preceded her in death in 2002.

A woman of faith, Aretha enjoyed attending Mount Gilead Baptist Church when she was able to do so. Aretha was also quite the homebody. She loved tending to her garden and was an excellent cook and baker. Her pride and joy was spending time with her family especially her grand babies.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Barbara Richardson, Janis Richardson, Diana (Jon) Matthews, and Dennis (Jill) Richardson; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Ray Blanton; and sisters: Glenda (Marty) Howington and Edith Blanton.

Aretha was preceded in death by her husband, William; parents: James and Polly; a grandchild; and brothers: Monnie, Earl, and Billy Blanton.

Her family will greet friends from 10 to Noon on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A service to celebrate her life will follow at Noon with Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

If desired memorial contributions may be made to either Kindred Hospice and/or the Dementia Society of America.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Aretha’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Aretha’s memory will live on in our hearts at Woodside Village. It was a pleasure working with her in therapy. As I mentioned before, her calming voice will always be remembered. She was such a sweet, beautiful person and it was a pleasure to know her.

  • AM SENDING CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY OF ARETHA IN THE LOSS OF ANOTHER ANGEL FOR HEAVEN FROM THIS EARTH FROM MYSELF AND ANOTHER FRIEND, BETTY RITCHEY THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE CALLING HOURS NOR THE FUNERAL DUE TO PRIOR APPOINTMENTS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU. WE BOTH ATTENDED CHURCH WITH ARETHA AND BILL . GODS BLESSINGS ON EACH OF YOU DURING THIS TIME.

  • Dennis, Jill and to the family of Aretha. We are so sorry for your loss. Our Thoughts and prayers will be with you. Take care

  • We just heard about your mom Dennis .We are sorry to hear of your loss.you are in our prayers & thoughts
    Joe,Debora,& Chris Lloyd