5n Loving Memory
ECsa Louise Richardson
Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church
Interment at Western Cemetery
May 10, 1988
Rev. Dr. Robert Neubauer III. Officiant
% Trhm.qs, V.I.
Leslie F. George and Roland George
Alberto O. Baco
Dupree George and Dorothy George
Foster L George, Jose L George, Stanley G. George,
Phillip J. George, Conrad George, Anthony George,
Christopher George and Stuart George
Florence Barclay, Marion English,
Norma Dean and Victor George
Many other nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous close friends
Leslie George / Roland George / Foster George
Jose George / Stanley George / Anthony George
Alberto Baco / Reuben England / Otis Williams, Sr
Otis Williams, Jr. / Donald Stephens / Warren Williams
Emile Francis / Clarence Francis / George Francis
Eddie Francis / Larry Francis
Elsa Louise Richardson
kanuay 14,1904 9ay3,1988
Elsa Louise Richardson was born on St. Thomas, then the Danish West
Indies, on January 14, 1904, to Mary Martin and Stanley Richardson.
During her formative years she migrated to the Island of St. Croix where
she received her early childhood education in Frederiksted. At the age of
eighteen she returned to the island of St. Thomas where she began her pre-
dominant career as a domestic for several prominent local families.
During her young adult life Elsa lived and worked on the island of
Puerto Rico, primarily for her adopted family of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Baco.
In the early 1950's Elsa returned to the island of St. Thomas where she
continued working in various capacities.
A strong sense of service dominated her life. Even though she had
very little material possessions, her desire to assist anyone in need was
manifest by the dozens of children she reared in her lifetime. Her culinary
and baking skills were in great demand and made available to family, friends,
neighbors and even to passing strangers. Her willingness to give of man's
most expensive commodity time became her trademark.
"Miss Elsa," as she was affectionately known, was very active in church
activities. She was a member of the "Friendly Circle" and the "Altar Guild,"
and, even though her health restricted much of her activities in later years,
she made every effort to attend church services regularly.
Miss Elsa departed this life for a better world on May 3, 1988.
INVOCATION... Pg. 206
HYMN... How Great Thou Art
PRAYER... Pg. 207
HYMN ... My Faith Looks Up To Thee
SOLO ... Carlos Petersen
APOSTLES' CREED... Pg. 209
PRAYER PS. 209
LORD'S PRAYER... Pg. 211
THE COMMENDATION. ..Pg. 211
RECESSIONAL HYMN ... Thine Is the Glory
HYMNS AT THE GRAVESIDE
And Can It Be / It Is Well With My Soul
Rev.Dr. Robert R. Neubauer III
Funeral: Elsa Richardson 4(e /Or etv
As I remember Ms. Elsa, one image keeps filling my heart and mind. It is
of the simple prayer:
Now I Lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to quide my ways.
Ms. Elsa received both blessings. The Lord was her guide and her companion
through a long and full life. And In her passing,granted her the blessing
so many of us have desired and so few are granted. She simply went to sleep
and will awake in the Kingdom of God. God has been good and gracious to her.
In visiting with her family In private services just an hour ago. I was
so pleased to see that they had not forgotten her hat. Ms. Elsa would not
have gone anywhere without the proper hat to be worn. Surely she would not
have felt it proper to enter into the house of her Lord without her hat.
She reminds us of the gentle ages past; when we would have acknowledged her
as a proper lady. We need still her mannerisms and that social grace. We nee
the freedom from prejudice and racism and anger that now shapes are destiny.
We need to remember what it is to truly love God,others, and be servants to
As I look about this room, I believe Ms. Elsa would be amazed at the great
numbers of you from the Governor ,to family, to friends and members of her
church. Being a simple lady who did not much seek awards or limelight she
might find it a surprise to know she has outdrawn Easter Sunday: And that is
good because it affirms to her family how much you loved and appreciated her
On their behalf I want to thank all of you for your presence and your care
for Ms. Elsa.
Ms. Elsa was a domestic. There may be those who denegrate her career. It
may well have been in her time of living,she had few other choices. What we
learn from this is that any job done well,with pride, and dignity earns the
respect and the love of others. She reminds us of the value of our efforts
and the need for everyone of us whether we govern,teachadminister, or labor
that we have an important contribution to make to the well-being of God's
world. She would want you to continue your remembrance of her by doing your
I believe too she would have you know that this is not a day to weep. This
is the day the Lord has said to her that I now have prepared a room for you
as you in your life prepared so many for others. I have it ready so that
you may rejoice on this day of the Lord. Ms. Elsa would have us all find our
hats and be properly ready so that when our day comes we may join her. She
is in the company of so many that she also wept for, but now finds then all
as the Lord has promised in His keeping. She would urge us all to find the
faith we need so that we may enter into his courts also. She who served is
now served. He who washed the feet of the disciples has prepared a room in
ready for us all.
Ms. Elsa was also a joiner in her youth. She was an active member of her
church and of nearly every society and service guild within the church. I
will miss seeing her every Sunday in her pew in the back right corner of her
church. She was an example to us all that we have skills that the Lord has
need of and that he expects us to use them as long as we are able. She was
there unless health ruled otherwise. Always ready to worship and to serve.
I am not so naive as a pastor to not know that not every one here knows
God in the same manner. Some of us are still in the struggle to find faith.
I am aware though of the reward to those who find it. God shows his love in
the way he received Ms. Elsa. She showed her love for us in the way in which she
lived her life. She would want you to keep seeking Christ's love within
your life so that you may rejoice with her and not weep.
I shared also a blessing with Ms. Elsa. She had a strong sense of family.
She adopted others into her care without concern for race or creed. We
on our islands have lost the richness of family. It is expansive. It isn't
defined just by traditional foras. Family is inclusive. There is universal
joy in being a part of the family... and of the family of God. If we would
desire to do her memory honor we would keep that covenant best by each of us
seeking to build upon the family spirit within our community.
We have enough of drugs, of crime, of anger and prejudice. We have our
share of changes within our society and culture but we can not go backwards
only forwards. But we need not leave behind the morals,values, beliefs that
have enriched our past generations. We can be all that we were and more.
Ms. Elsa knows that today is a day of triumph. As we worshipped even the
skies wept their tears but as we leave the sun breaks through the mourning
skies. Let our tears be tears of joy and thanksgiving. Let us not merely
walk to the cemetery to leave our departed...but let us depart with a mission
and purpose. Let us will to be our best, to love each other, to create