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Maddie Mary Richmond

April 9, 1927 — May 4, 2016

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Maddie Mary Davis Richmond was born in Garyville, LA, to the parentage of Gertrude Smith and RD Davis on April.9,1927. Her twin sister passed away in infancy. She also had a father known as “Daddy Smith” of New Orleans.  She was raised by her paternal grandmother whom she really loved as her mother dearly, Rebecca Davis. She was affectionately known, by Mama, as “Grand Mama Dynamite.”

She was baptized at a early age with her Mother Rebecca (Big Mama), and later became a Devoted Catholic.

She and her Mother moved to Portland, Oregon in 1945

In 1946 she married her childhood sweetheart, Marshall C. Richmond, Sr., in Vancouver, Washington. To this union were born 11 children.

Maddie was a retired cosmetologist of 35 plus years.  In 1944 she passed the State of Oregon Board and acquired a license in Cosmetology.   Mrs. Etoile Cox trained and mentored her.  She was  her second mother. Maddie worked with Ms. Irving and with Mrs. Dean’s hair salon on Hancock Street. Shortly after, she acquired her own hair salon from lovely Hattie Porter. Maddie became the owner of Maddie Beauty Salon on N. Albina.

She also worked at numerous funeral homes preparing hair and make-up for the Home going for families love ones.

Maddie has 2 grandkids named after her from her son Randall, his daughter Mary & grandson Nate, his daughter Maddie.  She also has a great-granddaughter, D’Naejah, who was born on her birthday.  These are the special memories she held dear.

In 2010 Maddie’s daughter Sheila departed here leaving her without a best friend. They  would ride up and down the street just to see the view.  They enjoyed thrift shopping, bingo and grocery shopping.  They also worked together as a Certified Nursing Assistants. The two were inseparable.

Her hobbies were going to the race track, playing cards and going to OG Motors to purchase her Cadillacs. She loved her last car, a Lexus. She enjoyed cooking Gumbo, Frying Fish, Making Greens and Hot Water Corn Bread.  She enjoyed her Louisiana Seafood.

Maddie had a very strong and independent personality.   If you knew her then you respected her.  She was a very loving and generous person.  She would feed anyone and help them financially if they needed it.  If you crossed her she had no problem telling you where to go and how to get there. She loved her husband and enjoyed talking about him. She was a loving Mother who protected her children and grandchildren.  She loved her sisters and brothers.  She will be deeply MISSED.

Maddie leaves to cherish her life with memories, children Marshall (Ly) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Gail Blake of Portland, Oregon; Rebecca Gator of Atlanta, Georgia; Ralph Richmond of Portland, Oregon; Ellen Stevenson of Portland, Oregon; Randall Richmond of Portland, Oregon; Marilyn Lindsey of Portland, Oregon; Arnethia Hammick of Federal Way, Washington; and Ramona LaGrone–Eshmon (Reginald) of Tacoma, Washington.  Brothers and Sisters James Smith (Shirley) of Seattle, Washington; Rudolph Smith (Margaret) of New Orleans, Louisiana; Emile Smith of New Orleans, Louisiana; Irma Smith of New Orleans, Louisiana;  and a host of Grand-children, Great Grand Children and Great-Great Grand Children.  She also leaves to memory, a host of nieces, nephew, and friends. Preceding her in death was her husband, Reginald Richmond; daughter, Sheila Washington; her siblings Herman King , Elenora King, Alfred King, Anna Mae King, and Joe Smith; and her twin sister, Martha.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mrs. Richmond, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St. in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM, with entombment to follow in Rose City Cemetery.

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