Kitty Margo “Ms Kitty” King Richardson, passed away after a short battle with COVID-19 Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Ms. Kitty was born in Columbus County, to Hardie and Mary King, and made her life and career in the city she loved, Wilmington.
Ms. Kitty was the widow of her beloved husband, James O’Neal Richardson Sr., who passed away Jan. 26, 2011, after 51 wonderful years of marriage.
Ms. Kitty was a faithful member and ruling elder of Cape Fear Presbyterian Church and was retired from West Coast Lumber Company with more than 30 years of service. Ms. Kitty was active in the community and loved participating in politics and volunteering for many charities and events. She loved to travel and continued her work with her family operating Rich Tours Travel in Wilmington for more than 30 years.
Ms. Kitty was a bright and shining star and lit up the room anywhere she went. We already miss her voice, her infectious smile, her mischievous personality and her beautiful blue eyes. She did so many things for people that no one ever knew about, without glory or credit. Her kind and loving spirit will be missed and her passing will be a void in our life and in our community. She was everyone’s biggest champion and advocate. We will miss her forever. Life will never be the same without her.
It was always Ms. Kitty’s wish to have a big party and gathering at her passing, but out of respect for others and social distancing because of COVID-19, a virtual tribute will be held instead. This compilation of tributes, music and photos will be posted on YouTube and Facebook for all to watch and celebrate her life. A private burial will be held for family at a later date. Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, N.C. 28403 is serving the family.
She is survived by one son, James O’Neal Richardson Jr. (Neal) and wife, Melissa, of Orlando Fla.; one daughter, Regina Richardson Hawse and husband, Charles (Randy), of Wilmington; one sister, Eula Mae Potter and husband, Edgar (Buck), of Wilmington; one brother, Andrew King and wife, Martha, of Wilmington; adopted son, Dr. David Strickland of Wilmington; special friend, Charles Swinson of Currie; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
The family requests no food or flowers but suggests making memorials to her memory at Cape Fear Presbyterian Church https://bit.ly/35xUY6x or Methodist Home for Children bit.ly/MHCgift.
Share memories and condolences with the family at www.wilmingtoncares.com.