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Mary J. Vore-Richardson
October 20, 1944 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Mary J. Vore-Richardson, age 79, of Fairview Heights, IL, born on October 20, 1944, in Wichita, KS, died on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at her residence. She was surrounded by her two daughters and grandson when she left us.
Mary grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas, with her parents, Francis and Viola Barnes-Vore. She grew up loving to read and had a passion for learning. She worked as a Real Estate agent during her early career.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Elden Richardson, whom she met in Arkansas City, Kansas. She and Elden owned and operated Richardson Interiors in Arkansas City and eventually moved the business to Shell Knob, MO around 1986. They ran the business for over 20 years until they retired. They opened a second business a few years after retiring and were brokers for Shell Knob Real Estate. They stayed at Shell Knob together until 2008, when they moved to Fairview Heights, IL to be closer to family.
Mary is survived by her children, Park McKellop, Rebecca Parker, and Catherine Norine; her grandchildren, Nic Coambes, Robbyn McKellop, Dagan Parker, and Paxton Parker; her siblings, Richard Vore, Wanda Woods, and Dorothy McGrew; and her nieces and nephews.
Mary was a do-er. If you wanted something done, everyone knew Mary would help take care of it! She was very devoted to her religion and church, having had active roles in her church serving on various committees. She and Elden also volunteered yearly doing Native American toy drives, and even took semi-truck loads of clothes to the Texas/Mexico border for people in need. Mary always had your back! She was also blessed with a green thumb and always new tricks for planting in her yard and creating beautiful landscapes. She and Elden traveled all over the United States and to many parts of the world, including Spain, France, England, Africa, Peru, the Middle East, Jamaica, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. Many of these trips included missionary work building homes and churches. She was truly blessed with many unique experiences.
Visitation and Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.