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Marlene Ann Richardson

September 30, 1934 January 18, 2022
Marlene Ann Richardson
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A celebration of life for Marlene will occur on

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The African Episcopal Church Of Saint Thomas
6361 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19151

Viewing: 10:00 -11: 00 a.m.

Requiem Mass: 11:00 a.m.

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Life Story

Marlene Ann Richardson was born September 30th , 1934, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania to the late Clifford Preston and Naomi Bright Bay top. She was
preceded in death by her older sister, Millicent Gayle.

As a child, Marlene was baptized and later confirmed at the African Episcopal
Church of Saint Thomas. Throughout the years she was an active parishioner
participating in various committees and organizations. In later years she
demonstrated a special fondness for Senior Partners, Wednesday’s Healing Mass,
and the Bible study group (often referred to as the “Lunch Bunch”). She was a
faithful and committed member of her church dedicating her time, talents, and

Educated in the Philadelphia Public School System, Marlene graduated from
Overbrook High School in 1952. For several years, she was employed as an
Administrative Assistant with the Philadelphia Police Department, where she met
her husband, Police Officer John Richardson. The two went on to marry,
September 16th , 1967, and from this union two children were born, John Hubert III
and JoAnn Sinclair. She considered herself blessed to welcome with open arms
two additional children, as she regarded her son-in-law, Jeffrey and daughter-in-
law, Nicole.

A dedicated and devoted mother, Marlene left the Philadelphia Police
Department to remain home to raise her children. After doing so, she returned to
the workforce to work in tandem with her friend Lydia, who operated a beauty
supply distribution company.

“Mrs. Mar” or “Momma Rich” as she was affectionately known, was a
compassionate, earnest, equitable soul who possessed an understated elegance.
She was an incredibly generous and charitable woman, who found joy and
purpose in contributing to many worthy causes, especially to those pertaining to

animals. She firmly believed and would often be heard referring to the Biblical
wisdom of, “a closed hand cannot receive.”

Even though Marlene was a private person she had many friends and associates.
She enjoyed the cultural and performing arts, fine dining, playing pinochle,
spending time with her family, and traveling to Atlantic City and Las Vegas with
her husband John. While an avid reader, she thoroughly enjoyed following figure
skating, tennis, golf, gymnastics, and equestrian events.

Despite her failing health her faith formation was not deterred. She continued to
study the Bible and turn to the Book of Common Prayer, practicing and leaning
into her steadfast faith. Marlene departed this life, Tuesday, January 18th , 2022,
at home with her loving and dedicated family by her side. She leaves to cherish
her precious memories and unconditional love: her husband, John Jr.; two
children, John III (Nicole), JoAnn (Jeffrey); four grandchildren whom she also
adored, Christy, Payton, Nicholas, and Noah; her life-long and dear friend, Joyce
Stewart; dear friend, Lydia Boyd; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and

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Cemetery Details


West Laurel Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

225 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

225 Belmont Avenue Bala Cynwyd 19004 PA
United States

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