Ada Caroline Richardson

Ada Caroline Richardson passed away on Jan. 6, 2018, at Hillcrest Manor in Hamilton. Caroline was born to Emmett Thompson and Tabitha Lynch Thompson on Jan. 17, 1924. The family lived in various homes in the Daviess County and Caldwell County area, and moved to just south of the New York School in Caldwell County in 1940.

Caroline began attending New York School and graduated in 1944. She had many humorous adventures to tell about her horseback rides and walking the two miles to and from school. She later attended Central Missouri State in Warrensburg to obtain a teaching certificate. She taught for one year in the Oakland School, a one-room school in the New York area.

Caroline and Leon D. were united in marriage on Feb. 18, 1948. To this union would be born three children, six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Caroline and Leon D. lived on a farm just east of Hamilton, until they moved to town in 1982. In addition to teaching, Caroline worked for Hamilton Schools as a cook for a few years. Caroline was known for her fine dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls. She also made wedding dresses, prom dresses and even suits for the grandsons. She also made most of her own clothing and taught herself to hand quilt when she was in her mid sixties. She also made some ceramics.

She was able to remain in her home until March of 2011, when she moved to Hillcrest Manor in Hamilton. She remained there until her death.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Janet) Richardson of Kidder and Dennis (Pat) Richardson of Hamilton; daughter, Beverly (Rick) Adams Hamilton; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents (Emmett and Tabitha Thompson); an infant brother, Samuel Thompson; another brother, Lee Roy Thompson; and two sisters, Charity Offutt and Nova Burnett; her husband, Leon D. Richardson; and an infant great-grandson, Garrett Mefford.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Hamilton United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. Mrs. Richardson has been cremated under the direction of Poland-Thompson Funeral Home in Cameron. Online condolences may be left at

(paid obituary) 

The Caldwell County News

101 South Davis
P.O. Box 218
Hamilton, MO 64644
Phone: 816-583-2116

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