Josephine Doretha Richardson-Harrell
  • 50 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 4, 1917
  • Place of birth:
    St. Helena, Louisiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 20, 1968
  • Place of passing:
    Amite, Louisiana, United States
Let the memory of "Mama" be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Josephine Richardson-Harrell, born on November 4, 1917 and passed away on March 20, 1968. We will remember her forever.

Family members feel free to write a story or a tribute in dedication of our "Mom, grandmother, aunt, or any relative."  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 20th March 2017

"If Roses grow in Heaven

If Roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms, Josephine D. Harrell
and tell her they're from me.

Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away.

Missing you, Mom....
Your Baby Girl-"Lo""

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 20th March 2015


Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Proverbs 31:10, 25-28 .

"M" is for the million things she gave me, "O" means only that she's growing old, "T" is for the tears she shed to save me, "H" is for her heart of purest gold; "E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining, "R" means right, and right she'll always be, Put them all together, they spell  "MOTHER", A word that means the world to me.  

         Mother, a word that means the world to me.  A mother is a vessel that God has used and ordained to birth “purpose” into the kingdom of God. A lot of things are required of us as mothers.  A mother nurtures her new born with love and care.  She’s there for the feedings, the changing of diapers, for the embracing, the first steps, the weaning, the potty training, the smiles, the tears, the healing and the disciplining.  A good mother many times has denied herself for the best interest of the child.

         A mother’s job is never ending.  From birth until death we are a part of our children’s lives.  We are to love them, mentor them, lead them and guide them into healthy and nutritious living in Christ Jesus.  Many obstacles rise along the way in raising children.  We as mothers experience the heartaches of our children that stem from everyday living along with the pains that present themselves when our children are going contrary to the their upbringing by walking in a spirit of disobedience.  A lot of times their “growing pains” affect us as a parent. We should always be honest with them about the reality of this world.  However, through it all our position is to be there for them to continuously lead them and guide them into all truth with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  When we are in doubt about a “how to” in mothering God is always there to instruct us in how to teach our children how to live and how to function from day to day.   The Bible tells us in Psalm 105:19 that Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

On a more personal note, I was BLESSED to have had a wonderful mother, Mother Josephine Doretta Richardson- Harrell.  She was a graceful woman.  She was truly a mother to me!  She was always easy to talk to.  She bought us up fearing God and knowing his power, teaching that he could do anything but fail.  She was a woman of God that was a nurturer to her children.  When I think of the many words that I could use to describe her, one word that comes to mind is “COACH”.  She ALWAYS gave me that PUSH I needed in my life.  When I was a child she encouraged me to always do what was right. We had to go to church, IT WAS NOT AN OPTION!!!  It was a way of life in our household.  I can remember even now her ironing our clothes and getting our hair ribbons together for Sunday morning.  We couldn’t go to the movies or play ball or anything of that nature on Sunday, “IT WAS THE LORD’S DAY.”

Even when I didn’t feel it, her faith that she had in God and in the ability that she sees in me to operate as more than a conqueror allowed me to run this race victoriously.  

            Thank you God for giving me the mother that was assigned to me, a virtuous woman who touched my life in so many ways and the lives of others.  


This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

"If I am Thy child, O God, it is because Thou gavest me such a mother."

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

"Mother's Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived - the Mother of your heart.""

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

""Motherhood is the greatest potential influence in human society. Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security; her kiss the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world. Thus in infancy and childhood she implants ever-directing and restraining influences that remain through life.""

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influenc"

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

""To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens."

Thanks Mom for your molding!"

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

"Thanks, Mama:

Before you were conceived I wanted you
Before you were born I loved you
Before you were here an hour I would die for you
This is the miracle of life."

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

""Mama was the  selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions -- and in the end doing them irreparable harm."

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

"Oh, Mama you prayed for the Lord to bless & keep your children & grandchildren.
Always letting the love of God abide in each of us.
Oh, the prayer that "Mama" will cover.
Cover us til' we meet "Mama", meet her on the other, other side."

This tribute was added by Deloris Washington on 11th May 2012

"We, the children and grandchildren of the Late Josephine Doretta Richardson-Harrell rise up this morning and call our "Mom" blessed.
We call her a "Virtous Woman"-Proverbs 31. She is far above and more valuable to us than rubies.

We still hear you praying, Mama."

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