Anita Martha Richardson, 95, died peacefully with family at her side on January 29, 2021. She is survived by her three children, Leslie T. Richardson Jr., Anita Richardson Holmes, and Melvin Lee Richardson; her two grandchildren, Sophia Isabella Holmes and Naomi Lilian Holmes; and her brother, Adolf Hörnler. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.T. Richardson; her parents, Johan Hörnler and Anni Eicherning Hörnler; her sisters Anni Hörnler Edlinger and Hanni Hörnler Natali; and her brothers Hansel Hörnler and Adam Hörnler.

Anita, her given name Antonia, was born in 1926 in Ferndorf, Austria, and grew up during a time when World War II imprinted the lives of most Europeans. She moved to Germany as a young adult and assumed secretarial work in Bamberg before relocating in Heidelberg. There she met an American soldier, L.T. Richardson, who was stationed at the US Army headquarters during the Korean War and would become her husband in 1955. She immigrated to America where the couple raised a family and resided for their 65-year marriage, with 53 of those years in Charlotte Court House, VA.

Because of her background and German language skills, Anita was often asked to speak about Austria at local schools, which she thoroughly enjoyed because her love of children was enormous. She was active in the Charlotte Court House United Methodist Church and grew flowers at home with an eye toward the fresh arrangements she often provided at church services. She served on various organizational committees locally and was involved in groups for military families, VA Tech alumni families, and tennis. She clearly enjoyed attending Hokie football games as much as her husband did. As an Avon sales representative, she delighted in visiting residents around the county, as much for community and conversation as sales. She was a devoted mother, an ambitious gardener, and an avid walker, rain or shine. She very much enjoyed playing tennis and played until the age of 92.

The family wishes to thank the many friends, neighbors, caregivers, and relatives near and far who have been part of Anita’s life as we celebrate her adventurous and vivacious spirit and love of life, family, and friends.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Road, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923, assisted by Browning-Duffer Funeral Home of Keysville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions mask and social distancing is required. Please consider a contribution to CCH United Methodist Church or Evergreen Cemetery in lieu of flowers.


Condolence Messages

  1. Cynthia K. Chandler

    01 February 2021 3 years ago

    Sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman! God Bless

  2. Galloway Beck

    01 February 2021 3 years ago

    Anita, I am sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family.



    02 February 2021 3 years ago

    Anita, So Sorry to hear..PRAYERS

  4. judy childress

    02 February 2021 3 years ago

    To the Family of L.T. and Anita,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I got to know them through Douglas Auto. She was a very nice lady. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Margaret Ann Elder

    02 February 2021 3 years ago

    I played tennis with Anita a number of years ago and so enjoyed knowing her. I loved to hear her stories of Austria as well and the German occupation when she was a child. She lived a full and often fascinating life and raised three fine children. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
    Margaret Ann Elder

  6. Peter Niloufari

    02 February 2021 3 years ago

    Dear Les, Anita and Melvin, my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. May she rest in peace.

  7. Emily Day

    04 February 2021 3 years ago

    Thinking of you and sending love and support to you and your family, Anita. Your mother sounds like an extraordinary woman who lived a full and exciting life. God bless!

  8. Dolly Pugh

    05 February 2021 3 years ago

    Your parents were special and such great neighbors to Bill’s parents, Thelma and James Pugh. Glad our paths crossed. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your families.
    Dolly Pugh

  9. Paula Pagonakis

    14 February 2021 3 years ago

    Anita and family – so sorry for your loss. May kindness, family and friends ease your pain.

  10. Belinda Chapman

    18 February 2021 3 years ago

    Leslie and Anita, I am so sorry to hear of your loss..

  11. Angela Metcalf

    25 March 2021 3 years ago

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the families. She was such a lively character. The few times I actually got to met her she was always about the kids. She would light up each and every Halloween i took them there. Sending my my heartfelt sympathy.

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