Alice McGilbery Richardson, of Morgan Park, died recently.
Funeral services were held Nov. 19 at A.A. Rayner and Sons Funeral Home.
She is survived by her daughter, Cherie; her sisters, Bernice Bolton and Helen Parham; her sisters-in-law, Elmira Nolan and Marilyn Richardson; and a host of extended family and friends.
Richardson was the oldest of five children of Martha Nowels McGilbery and Henry L. McGilbery. The family was active at Beth Eden Baptist Church on Chicago’s Far South Side. Having been raised in a Christian household, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at a young age and was baptized at Beth Eden.
She graduated from John D. Shoop Elementary School in 1941. She continued her education at United Township High School in East Moline and graduated in 1945, after her father relocated the family for a job. After her mother died unexpectedly, the family returned to Chicago, and she attended Woodrow Wilson Junior College (now Kennedy-King).
Even as a young adult, Richardson was deeply rooted in her faith, and for more than 60 years, she served Beth Eden in many ways by teaching Sunday school and sharing her musical talent as a member of the Sanctuary Choir.
Additionally, she worked for the federal government as a clerk-typist with six separate agencies for 15 years.
In July 1953, she married her sweetheart, Cornell Richardson. They were blessed to become parents to their only child, Cherie Ann, who they absolutely adored. As a stay-at-home mom with a young daughter, Alice, a former Girl Scout, volunteered to lead the Girl Scouts at Beth Eden. For decades, she served as a Girl Scouts leader and had a direct and positive impact on generations of girls in the Morgan Park community.
She returned to the work force in 1979 and was employed by the Chicago Board of Education as a manpower field representative at Corliss High School, where she developed and implemented training programs in job readiness for the students.
Richardson was incredibly passionate about serving others and recently was recognized for 50 years of dedication to Girl Scouts and her community by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. She also was a member of the community group, The Golden Girls of Morgan Park.
For more than 60 years, Richardson was a devoted member of Meridian Chapter, 86, Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as worthy matron in 1962 as well as being a charter member of the Pride of Monarch Court 84, Heroines of Jericho.
As a lifelong member of Beth Eden, Richardson was the longest-serving president of the Seniors on the Go and led the group for 17 years. For a long time, she held the position of financial secretary for the Beth Eden Matrons. In addition, she helped comfort and support bereaved families as a commissar and also participated in the Missionary Circle Ministry. She was held in high esteem by fellow church members, and in 2013, the Strategic Planning Ministry selected her as Queen of the Christmas Gala for her outstanding leaderships and dedication to duty at Beth Eden.
Richardson and her husband, Cornell, shared 60 years of marital bliss until his death almost 10 years ago at which time her daughter moved back home to take care of her mother so she could continue living her best life.
She will be truly missed.