Josephine “Jo” Richardson

June 20, 1921 ‒ March 29, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Josephine “Jo” Richardson, age 94, of Northridge Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at her residence. She was born on June 20, 1921 in Coshocton, Ohio the daughter of Harry and Lucile (McNeal) McNabb. Jo was a 1939 graduate of Warsaw High School and worked for Shaw-Barton in Coshocton for many years. She met and married her husband Edgar Richardson on July 8, 1950.

In the spring of 1951 they moved to Mount Vernon and joined First Presbyterian Church. As a 65 year active member, she served in many ways. As a Deacon, she served her community and was head of the symphony committee for many years. Jo also taught Sunday school for many years.

She was a 77 year member of Knox Chapter #236 Order of Eastern Star and was very proud of her 75 year pinning ceremony.

She is survived by her daughter Cindy Bevington of Mount Vernon, two grandchildren, Ashley (Andy Montgomery) Brown and Sage Bevington, a great grandson, Kyrie Montgomery, nephew, Craig (Julie) Middlemus of Bexley, niece, Betsy Middlemus of Columbus, step daughter, Bonnie (Jim) Basseletti, step grandchildren, Matt Basseletti and Holly West.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Richardson, a daughter, Becky Richardson, a step grandson, James Basseletti and a sister, Beth Middlemus.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 beginning at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Gay Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Rev. Jonathan Fettig will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Josephine “Jo” Richardson.

  • Gary & I are so sorry for your loss. Jo was a wonderful lady and the best Avon lady ever!! Our prayers are with you all.

  • Cindy, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always in a good mood! I will miss her smile and hugs. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Keeping you in my prayers.


  • Cindy:
    Thoughts and prayers are with you. I know your Mother was very dear to you; she was always on the go and always had a great smile to offer.
    Hold your memories close to your heart.

  • Cindy,
    Please stop by anytime you need a hug! I love your joyous heart, even when your sad. I am thinking of you and praying for you.
    I love you,
    Cally Carpenter

  • Gram, you will be missed in so many ways than I can think of. I will miss the conversations we had and all the laughs we shared. Plus all of the family outings together. You are in my thoughts as we say goodbye to you, and cherish the great memories we have.

  • Cindy
    Your Mom was an inspiration and will be missed by the Friday morning breakfast group.

  • Cindy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You know your mom always had a special place in my heart. I always enjoyed our chats and looked forward to receiving my Avon orders from Jo. She will be missed by many, especially our family. Hugs and prayers to you and yours. Love you, Vic & Denny

  • Cindy,
    Thinking of you at this time of heartbreaking loss. She like you always had a smile on her face. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Bunny, Sam and Jillian Vance

  • Cindy,

    I am sorry for your loss. It is a great loss to the church family. Thoughts are with you and your family.


  • Cindy & Ashley,
    Jo was a special lady! She was one of the first people at First Presbyterian to welcome me when I first came to church. I loved her sense of humor & “spunk”. She was one of a kind – will greatly miss our Sunday morning hugs!


  • What an awesome opportunity to have known Jo on this side of heaven! My dad always called her the “Sweet Lady” from when she sold Avon in our neighborhood~she certainly was a “SWEET” lady and beautiful inside and out! May God wrap His loving arms around you during your time of grief and loss.
    With sympathy ad Love,
    Lou Ann Veatch Wolford

  • Dear Cindy,
    Sending prayers, good thoughts & condolences your way. Sorry for the loss of your beloved momma. I remember her from years ago when we were youngins’, she was always such a sweet lady. I know she will be greatly missed by many but you will see her again. God Bless. Your old school buddy, Jan

  • Cindy, I’m sorry for your loss, but there are two other family members who are also grieving, grandson Tyler Levi Bevington, and son-in-law, Ken Brvington. I’ll always remember the good times and many laughs I had with Jo. She was a kind and loveable lady. I hope you all can concentrate on all the good times.

  • Jo, I know you are in heaven now where you will spend eternity free of pain. I have lived in Mount Vernon 20 years and met you only a few years ago. You were a great influence on how to live to be almost 95 years old. You were independent and laughing even in the wind that could sweep you off your feet. To you Cyndi; warm thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I have never met a daughter more thoughtful and loving. God Bless you! Your Mom wants us to smile so that is what we will do!

  • Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I have many memories from our days at First Presbyterian Church. May your memories of your family keep you close to them, and they to you.

  • Cindy, So sorry for your loss, Your Mom Was A wonderful Lady and i will miss her coming into the library . Sincerely Cindy Dean .

  • Cindy, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Always enjoyed our conversations at Friday ladies’ breakfast. Please know my thoughts & prayers are with you. Blessings! Diana

  • Cindy and family –

    We were so sorry to hear about Jo. What a great lady. She had so much to offer to everyone she met. We will especially remember her smile and sense of humor. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Michael and Laura Abell