Mabel Ellen Richardson Rich, 95, of Columbia, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Maury Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Rich was born on June 20, 1915, in Giles County. She was the daughter of the late Lester Lee and Sara Thurman Richardson. Mabel was the wife of the late Fred Rich. She graduated from Cornersville High School and taught special education classes at Whitthorne Middle School. Mabel was a charter member of the West End Baptist Church and charter member of the Heart to Heart at Maury Regional Hospital. In 1984, she became a member of the Maury Regional Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Chapman, Mamie Cavnar and Helen Buchholz.
She is survived by two sons, Freddie (Kay) Rich and Wallace (Gloria) Rich; a sister, Dorothy Lee; two brothers, Carl Richardson and Robert W. (Patricia) Richardson; grandchildren, Ricky (Jamie) Rich, Chad (Amy) Rich, Melanie Rich, Albert Rich, Stephanie (Wesley) Ricketts and Audrey Rich; great-grandchildren, Logan Moore, Dylan Wilson, Megan Rich, Chandler Dodson Rich, Chandler Lee Rich, Dinah Estes, Josie Estes, Chloe Rich, Jonathan Ricketts and Brooklynn Ricketts.
Mrs. Rich was a longtime resident of Brookside Drive. For the last several years she had resided at Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Columbia.
Graveside services for Mrs. Rich were conducted Monday, Jan. 24, at Polk Memorial Gardens with Rev. Rick Esley officiating.
Active pallbearers were Ricky Rich, Chad Rich, Albert Rich, Chandler Rich, Wesley Ricketts, Donnie Morrow, Randle Cavnar, Dylan Wilson, and Mason Pugh.
Honorary pallbearers were residents of Morning Pointe Assisted Living, members of Maury Regional Auxiliary, and all members of the West End Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West End Baptist Church Building Fund, 900 W. 7th St., Columbia, TN 38401.
Williams Funeral Home, Columbia, assisted the Rich family with arrangements.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.williamsfh.com