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Obituary: Emailed me from my aunt Pat.

Rosalie Benson Richardson, 74, passed away in Bakersfield, California on November 27, 2005.

Rosalie was born December 29, 1930 to George and Rachel Benson in Monet, Arkansas. Growing up Rosalie, her parents and five brothers and sisters divided their time between Arkansas, Missouri and California. It was in Orland, California where Rosalie met her true love, her husband, Dalton. Shortly after the birth of their second child, Rosalie and Dalton moved to the Orange County area where they began a farming career and had three more children. In 1965 Rosalie, Dalton and their children moved to Kern County and began farming in the Wheeler Ridge area. Rosalie loved living and working on the farm. In Wheeler Ridge, Rosalie continued to raise her children and worked in the farming office. On the farm Rosalie made a home where her children and later grandchildren loved to be and always felt welcome. In 1994 Rosalie and Dalton retired from farming and moved to Bakersfield.

Rosalie was an active member in Meridian Community Church. She found great joy in church activities and fellowship with other church members. Rosalie enjoyed decoupage and in recent years she rekindled an interest in quilting. Rosalie created many beautiful things and received great joy in giving them to family and friends. Rosalie loved Christmas; every year she would make peanut brittle for her friends and family. Rosalie had many fans of her famous peanut brittle. In her spare time Rosalie enjoyed doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

Rosalie loved her family unconditionally and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rosalie was a kind and loving person who always had a warm smile on her face. She touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Richardson; sons, Roy Richardson and Larry Richardson; sister, Ellen Smith; brother, Mark Benson and daughter-in-law Helen Richardson.

Rosalie is survived by sister Lou Carter; bothers Carroll Benson and Harold Benson; daughter Patricia and husband Alan Dyer; sons, Donald Richardson and Garry and wife Joan Richardson; daughters-in-law Frances Whitney Richardson and Kathy Richardson; grandchildren, Shannon and husband Shaun, Brian and wife Tina, Leonard, Susanna and husband John, Kevin, Rachel, Kyle, Eric and Brett; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sam, Joel and Leah.

Services for Rosalie Richardson will be at the South Kern District Cemetery in Arvin on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 12:00 noon.

Donations may be made to the Dalton Richardson Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund at Arvin High School.

Cookbook Note: Almost done with the "files" chapter but not feeling great about it. Seems like too many retreads of stuff in the other cookbooks. I guess that's to be expected since file access is so generic, but if you have any ideas for new recipes let me know of them.


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