Mollie Richardson (nee Godden)

August 27, 1931 – October 21, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of our beloved Mollie announces her passing on Saturday, September 21st at 8:40 pm. Her husband, Gordon, and son, Patrick, were with her during her final moments and she passed peacefully, surrounded with great love.
Mollie was born in Holborn, England on August 27th, 1931. Her personality was marked with tremendous love and compassion for both people and animals. She became an RN, working mainly with children and in maternity.
She was a woman ahead of her times, with her energetic and adventurous spirit, she travelled throughout Australia, much of the time alone, in her late twenties and early thirties. In fact, she loved travel so much that she visited, and sometimes worked—in over two dozen countries during her lifetime.
She also cared for our planet and was reducing, reusing and recycling decades before it became the thing to do.
Mollie adored children, helping to bring many babies into the world as a nurse, and she was always available to her friends for their newborn children, which they greatly appreciated. Everyone loved, cherished and held a special place in their hearts for Mollie.
She married her beloved husband Gordon in 1972 and they were married for 47 years. Mollie often spoke of how lucky she was to have such a dedicated and loving man for a husband. The love and tender care he provided for her throughout her life and during her final months was beautiful to witness.
In 1976, Mollie and Gordon adopted their only child, Patrick, with whom she always shared a special bond. She loved, guided and cared for him growing up, and in turn, with his Dad, he was fortunate to be able to be able to care for her through the final moment of her passing.
Mollie donated a significant amount of her time to causes dear to her heart, most recently with the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, often working hard behind the scenes, doing whatever jobs were needed and never being the center of attention. This was her way.
Her friends and family often spoke of the twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes, which reflected her effervescent, happy character, sometimes even with a hint of mischief! Mollie had an incredible ability to see and make the best of things, no matter how challenging the circumstances.
Mollie is survived by her loving husband Gordon, her son Patrick, her cousin Daphne and nephew David in England.
A memorial service will be held for Mollie at the Comox Valley Funeral Home at 1101 Ryan Rd, Courtenay, BC, on Wednesday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm. A reception will take place at the same location and food and refreshments will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, kindly please make a donation to either the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) or to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
This is a special poem that Mollie wanted us to remember her by:
“Grieve not for me, nor mourn the while,
for happier would I be, to see you smile,
let no tears fall, since I have passed away,
but miss me and remember me each day.
Live your lives as I would want you to,
and treat thy fellow man as I would you,
and when the time has come; your lives be through.
I shall be waiting here for each one of you.”
On behalf of our family here in Canada, Gordon and Patrick Richardson—thank you.
 Comox Valley Funeral Home

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