Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Dorothea Aldreca Richardson Richardson
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Dorothea Aldreca Richardson Richardson
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Dorothea Aldreca Richardson Richardson
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Richardson, Dorothea Aldreca
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300398
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30,1999 6:00 p.m.
2081 7th Avenue
New York, New York
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Dorothea Aldreca Richardson known to her friends as
Dorothy/Dee was born on April 21, 1956 to George and Maria
Richardson on St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She was the
third of thirteen children. She was preceded in going home by her
father, a brother, and sister.
Dorothy graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in St.
Thomas. She enrolled in the Job Corps, following her graduation
from high school. She completed the Corps' requirements and
enrolled at Weber State College and majored in Social Work. While
at Weber State College, she participated in the United States Army
ROTC Basic Training Program which she successfully completed.
She returned to St. Thomas following her college years and obtained
employment with the Virgin Islands Mental Health Department and
the Virgin Islands Terroritoral Court.
Dorothy was blessed with many talents: cooking, pool player,
softball player, sewing, crocheting and entrepreneurship, all of
which she enjoyed tremendously. But the talent that she held to her
heart was writing and performing her poetry. She was well known
for this on St. Thomas, always bringing crowds to their feet during
her dramatization; several of her poems were published in "Sun
Island Jewels An Anthology of Virgin Islands Poetry." She was a
very strong, independent, active, journalistic and jolly person.
Characteristic of her, she fought her illness refusing to succumb to
its debilitating effects. She could not be stopped from her determina-
tion to continue doing the things that she not only wanted to do, but
enjoyed doing, especially parenting her three boys, Jamaal, Eddie
and Kyle. She was very. very proud of her sons. Her oldest son,
Jamaal promoted her reason for being a proud mother, and we
thank God for allowing her to see the beginning of his accomplish-
ments and successes.
Dorothy was baptized in Jesus' name at Greater Refuge Temple
in September 1995. Her favorite song was "Amazing Grace."
Dorothy touched many, many lives and her leaving is irreplaceable.
She leaves to carry on her legacy: her three sons, special
children/cousins, Renee and Terrance Biel; mother, Maria;
grandmother, Alice Bell residing in England; five sisters; five
brothers; thirty-five nieces and nephews; twelve great-nieces and
nephews; a host of aunts; (special aunts, Sylvia and Tia); uncles;
and cousins, residing in the Dominican Republic, New York,
England, St. Thomas and other Caribbean Islands; and a host of
friends, to include, Sister Eugene Milne, who spent many days
caring for her during her hospitalization, and Alicia and Betrice
Callwood. All were very, very special to her.

SELECTION..................................................... M memorial Choi
SCRIPTURE ............................Brother Christopher Connell
NEW TESTAMENT ........................... Bishop Henry Anderso
SELECTION ......................... ........................M memorial Choi
CONDOLENCES ..................Missionary Armenthia Hodg
REFLECTIONS POEM ..................La Tanya Sheridan, Niec
Gloria Hawkins, Friend/First Son's Godmothe
Renee Biel, Special Daughter/Cousi-
Melvina Johnson, Harlem SHARI
Cancer Support Grou
Jamaal, Eddie and Kyle, Son
OBITUARY..............................Missionary Armenthia Hodg
SOLO ....................................................... Bishop Jam es I. Clar
EULOGY .................................................Bishop James I. Clar


In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting
contributions to be made to SHARE
Self Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer.
In celebration of Dorothy's connection with the Harlem
SHARE Self Help Group.
Checks are to be made payable to:
SHARE Self Help.
(Contributions will benefit the Harlem SHARE Group.)

Praying for a Miracle
Over the Caribbean seas, I've sailed on the ship Gospel Grace, I was on
a great mission with God to heal me from this deadly disease called Cancer.
To keep my faith and prayer in His merciful hands; and not to succumb or
seek vengeance.
I'm on my way out thru the stormy seas; another flight, another day seeing
God's grapevines and lovely plants; and admiring from sunny hilltops, and
gorgeous beaches, His beautiful hibiscus flowers that bloom over the United
States Virgin Islands.
Over the Caribbean seas, here I come! Keeping the prayers and beliefs as a
traditional West Indies uwman crying mercy, mercy me, O'Lord, release me of
my suffering and pains ... As I escape to my neighbor island Puerto Rico,
observing and admiring its ravishing beauty surrounded by tropical and
sandy beaches, astonished beads and tourists. I said, Lord, take me on the
wings of the Almighty. And "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean
not unto thine own understanding". .. (Proverbs 3:5)
I left many, many friends with broken heart, flying high, flying low wiith
weary eyes. I ask, God not to execute my judgment, to rebuke the enemy; to
search my unbeatable soul to give me the medical advice, I seek, I cried, Lord,
save me and give me the strength to carry on.
Nou, I'm on my way out to New York. Living in fear and building on
dreams, wondering endlessly about life and about my only three sons in closed
captivity. In 1995 I've seen its wealth, good resources and majestic views, in
all my suffering and pains, "why, Lord?" I still thank, Him for being alive,
and able tofly back over the Caribbean seas.
By: Dorothea Richardson, 12/1/99

The Richardson family wishes to express their deep
appreciation and sincere thanks for all acts of kindness
shown to them in their time of sorrow.

Arrangements Entrusted to:

Isaiah Owens, Manager-Funeral Director
216 Lenox Avenue at 121st Street
New York, New York 10027
Phone: 1-212-427-7888


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