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Sunday: Denise Richardson

Our friend Betty Jean at Free Us Now sends the following sad news:

Denise Ann Richardson, my beloved daughter, entered the world 9-7-63.  She made this world a better place.  Escorted by her brother Mikie, who preceded her by 9 years, and on the wings of angels, left us with a smile 3-7-09.

Denise Richardson
Denise Richardson

She battled ovarian cancer for nearly 36 months.  She spent her final 36 hours surrounded with love was comforted by those she loved and trusted including Louisa who was with her in a special way. She got to Say I love you and kiss us goodbye.  We got to say thank you.  We got to say I love you.  And kiss her goodbye.  Denise did a lot of great things, for a lot of people. Anyone that ever met Dee had something to thank her for.

The Confluence would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Betty Jean and her family for their loss.  We also keep in our thoughts Louisa, who was callously shot by her former brother-in-law just before Christmas and remains critically injured.  We hope for a day when Betty Jean will be free from sorrow and will once again taste the sweetness of life.  We’re here for you Betty Jean.

51 Responses

  1. I’m so sorry. There aren’t enough words for the grief. Denise, Louisa and Betty Jean are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. So Sorry-Betty Jean. I will light a candle for Denise at our local church.

  3. Betty Jean, I don’t know what to say. Please accept my condolences, and know you’re in all of our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

  4. My condolences to you dear Betty Jean, to your family and friends and all who knew your wonderful Denise.
    I pray that God bring you peace and hold you in his comforting embrace.
    Know that Denise is still with you.
    “There is no death, only a change of worlds.”

  5. May you have strength and love as you go on. My condolences.

  6. Goddess bless and keep you all in her loving arms.

  7. My deepest condolences to you and yours at this sad time. You will all be in our prayers. May God’s grace and peace be with you all.

  8. Thank you, riverdaughter, for such a sweet tribute to Betty Jean and her family. It’s things like this that make the Confluence the most powerful and far reaching site on the net.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words,
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.



  10. Betty Jean,

    I’m so sorry that Denise is gone. You have had so much pain to bear. I admire your courage and strength, and you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Dear Betty Jean, I’m so sorry for your troubles May the Creator’s peace shine down upon you.

  12. Wow, I’m so sorry Betty Jean!

  13. I’m very sorry, Betty Jean.

  14. Betty Jean, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. But I am glad to know you were there in the end to say your “thank-you”s and “I love you”s and “good-bye”s. I think there is no greater honor than this, to be with a loved one as she passes, to offer comfort and love’s final tribute. My heart and my thoughts are with you and your family.

  15. May God’s Grace be with you Betty Jean in this time of turmoil. Grace is a savior in times of utter pain.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss Betty Jean.
    RIP Denise

  17. Rest in Peace, Dee.

  18. Betty Jean,
    My heart aches for you and yours. May you find some times of peace and comfort.

  19. Betty Jean, I am lighting a candle today for your beautiful daughter Denise. May you find comfort in our prayers and know that you are surrounded by love in this time of sorrow.

  20. My thoughts are with you, Betty Jean.

  21. My most sincere sympathy to Betty Jean and family

  22. Oh dear Goddess… words can’t express my sorrow. If you’re reading this Betty Jean, you have my deepest sympathies. I hope you can find comfort and peace in your memories of your beloved daughter Dee.

  23. Our hearts break for you. You have endured more than your share of suffering and loss. Denise will live on in and through you and your work. Bless you and your loved ones.

  24. I keep coming back, hoping to think of the perfect words of condolence and I realize now, there are none.
    My deepest sympathy to Betty Jean and her family. I’m very sorry for your pain.

  25. BJ. I am so very sorry for your loss. God be with you and your family as you find a way to go forward.

  26. Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
    I’m following the path God laid for me,
    I too His hand when I heard Him call
    I turned my back and left it all.
    I could not stay another day
    To laugh, to love, to work or play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way.
    I found that place at the close of day.
    If my parting has left a void
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
    Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
    Be not burdened with times of sorrow
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorow
    My life’s been full, I savored much,
    Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch,
    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
    Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your hearts and share with me
    God wanted me now, He set me free.
    Only time will ease the pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, dear Bety Jean

  27. BJ, you are in my thoughts and in my heart. Wishing you comfort.

  28. God Bless You Betty Jean. Feel the warmth and support from all the people who love you. You will be in our hearts.

  29. I’m very sorry.

  30. My heartfelt prayers are with Betty Jean and her family now. There’s no place or time when it feels right for a mother to bury her children. Especially more than one of them.

    I’m so sorry and I can’t say that enough.

  31. I am so sorry, Betty Jean. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  32. A big PUMA hug for you Betty Jean. May you find comfort in the good memories of Denise’s life.


  33. Betty Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. This is more than anyone should have to bear. I will be saying a few Hail Mary’s in your honor.

  34. I wish I knew some magic words that could ease your pain, but none exist.

    My condolences.

  35. Deepest, heartfelt sympathies to BJ and all who knew her lovely daughter.

    We pray that Healing is on the horizon…for all touched by your loss.


    (from the gals @ hireheels)

  36. Betty Jean, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful and beloved daughter,Denise.My heart goes out to you.I wish I could give you a big hug.I pray that God will give you peace and comfort and keep you strong.You and your family are in my prayers. May God bless you always.

  37. Betty Jean-my heart is breaking for you -know that I will say a special prayer for you tonight-

    For our Dear Friend Betty Jean’s Daughter or sister in life Denise:

    Eternal Rest Grant unto her oh Creator Father-Mother God/dess
    May your prepetual light shine upon her
    Mer her soul and all the faithfully departed
    through your mercy rest in peace.

  38. “Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love… It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap: God doesn’t fill it, but on the contrary, God keeps it empty and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain… The dearer and richer our memories, the more difficult our separations.

    But gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquill joy. The beauties of the past are borne, not as a thorn in the flesh, but as a precious gift in themselves.”
    D. Bonhoeffer

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I pray for your comfort and peace.

  39. Sincere condolences to you, Betty Jean.

  40. I’m so sorry for your loss, Betty Jean.

  41. So sorry to hear this. May you be comforted in your grief.

  42. Betty Jean, my condolences to you and your family on the lose of your beautiful daughter, Denise. You have been through so much these last seasons. Please know my thoughts and prayers remain with you through this period, and beyond.

  43. Betty, my sincere condolences.
    Please take care.

  44. Sending solace and comfort ….

    and love and hugs

  45. Betty Jean, I’m so sorry for your loss . My condolences to you and your family .

  46. (((Betty Jean and family)))

    “Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens’ claws”–James Douglas Morrison

  47. I’m sorry for your loss. That is far far too young. Condolences Betty Jean. I hope the love expressed here lightens your heavy heart just a bit.

  48. My prayers go out to you Betty Jean. I hope that your heart heals and you can find peace and comfort.

  49. I will keep Denise and her family in my prayers. She is such a beautiful woman–I am sure that was true inside and out. My deepest condolences to you, Betty Jean.

  50. My deepest sympathy for your loss, Billy Jean. And best wishes for Louisa’s recovery.


  51. Dear Betty Jean,

    Does it ever end for you? You are one brave woman to suffer so greatly and continue holding your head up high. Hillary and Puma Unleashed send our sincerest condolences to you and your family and will continue keeping Louisa in our thoughts and prayers.

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