Jean Sudduth Richeson, 93, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
She was born the youngest of six children on a farm in rural Clark County, in 1924 to Ida Miller Tanner Sudduth and William Van Meter Sudduth. She grew up in Winchester, where she had an idyllic small-town childhood, enjoying swimming, tennis, hockey, cheerleading, and exploring the nearby countryside and caves.
Jean graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1946 where she majored in physical education. While there, she met her husband of 56 years, King Richeson, a World War II veteran and education major. She taught physical education at the University of Kentucky and Greenbrier College before marrying in 1949. They lived in Lexington, Jackson, Midway and Versailles, where he taught Biology and she taught Kindergarten, Head Start and homebound students. They had two daughters, Margaret and Sue.
Jean was very active in volunteer groups in Woodford County including Girl Scouts, the Midway and Versailles Presbyterian churches, food and clothing banks, retired teacher’s associations, Woodford County Women’s Club, and P.E.O. She attended WWII ship reunions with her husband until his death in 2006.
She is survived by one sister, Anna Laura Sudduth Codell; two children, Margaret (Bob) Richeson Macemon and Sue Ann (Bob) Richeson Finley; three grandchildren, Michael (Rebecca) Macemon, Kimberly (Cameron) Macemon Densmore and Selina Finley; and two great-grandchildren, Nora Macemon and Martin Macemon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ida Miller Tanner Sudduth and William Van Meter Sudduth; her husband, King Richeson; two sisters, Elizabeth Sudduth Ginger and Ruth Sudduth Fishback; two brothers, Joseph Sudduth and William Sudduth Jr.
The family is deeply grateful to the staff of the Altenheim Senior Health Care Community in Louisville for their exceptional care and attention for the past eight years.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home, with a gathering to follow the service.