You are not forgotten, loved one Nor will you ever be, As long as life and memory last, we will remember thee. We miss you now; our hearts are sore, as time goes by
we’ll miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face,
no one can fill your vacant place.
Dorris Richardson was born on April 25, 1945, in Longview, Texas to her parents, Walter Mack, Sr. and Teresa Leonard Mack. She was the fifth child born in the family. She was raised surrounded by her brothers, Robert, WalterJr, Rayford D, LeAndre , and her sisters, Jessie, Sharron, and Elizabeth. As a child, she loved dancing and being a girly, girl.
Dorris received her early education in Longview, Texas where she graduated from Mary C. Womack High School. While in high school, she was a Cheerleader. She furthered her education by completing some college courses.
On December 20, 1963, Dorris married, Lavert Richardson, Sr. They first met when they both lived in Longview, Texas. The couple enjoyed fishing, gardening, and cooking together. Born to this union include, Detra, Lavert, Jr., Jerry, Sagonda, Defranz, and Chanda. She was later blessed with eight grandchildren, Dedric, Laroisha, Micha, Jacobi, Mychel, Devante, Tnia, and Elonca. They lovingly called her “Grandma” and fondly remember all the happy and precious moments they shared together. She was also blessed with eleven great grandchildren, Echan, Andrew, Arya, Adrian, Alexandria, Jvy’auntae, Kaiden, Zakarri, Elijah, Erissa, Brianna, and one great great grandchild, Kynnadi who called her “Nanny Ma”, who all were an additional source of joy and pride in her life. Lavert preceded her in death on October 12, 2021.
Dorris worked in several different places of employment to include, working as a Cashier, in a laundry, an assembly worker, a daycare owner, and at Coors. She was always a hard-worker, and always made sure her duties were performed with a spirit of excellence.
A woman of faith and belief in the Lord, Dorris accepted the Lord as her personal savior at a very early age. She was a member of Growing Valley Baptist Church. She believed in the power of prayer of having the right relationship with the Lord. At the time of her passing, she had been a member for over twenty years.
Dorris was a fun-loving woman, who enjoyed life and those she encircled. In her free time, she loved gardening, cooking, shopping, and word puzzles. She loved to decorate during holidays and taking her grandchildren on outings, and vacationing in Texas visiting family. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this kind and wonderful woman. To know Dorris was to love her.
She is also preceded in death by 2 daughters, Detra and Chanda; and a granddaughter, Mychel.
Dorris Richardson departed this life on June 19, 2023, in Denver, Colorado. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss include 3 sons, Jerry T. “Rome” Richardson, DeFranz D. Daye, and Lavert G. Richardson, Jr.; 1 daughter, Sagonda R. Sharp; 2 sisters, Sharron L. (Shelby) Rossum, and Elizabeth (Clifford) Parker; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a 1 great great grandchild; and a host of niece, nephew, cousins, other relatives and many friends.