Joy Yvonne Richardson, 84, of Black Rock, died Feb. 5, 2021, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, with her children by her side.

Born April 5, 1936, in rural Lawrence County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Floyd and Ada Lee Massey Martin. Joy was united in marriage to the late John B. Richardson on May 7, 1956. She was a homemaker and very active in her community and church. She volunteered at the Red Cross to help her neighbors and fellow citizens. She was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ, taught Sunday school and went on several mission trips throughout her life.

She was instrumental in helping get the Lawrence County Rural Water started, going door-to-door to inform neighbors of the benefits of rural water. She served on the board for the Lawrence County Regional Water District for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; one son, John Michael Richardson; three sisters and one brother.

Survivors include her four children, Vicki (Michael) Long of Kansas City, Mo., Tom (Kelly) Richardson of Walnut Ridge, Linda (Larry) Lueckenhoff of St. Thomas, Mo., and Joe (Denise) Richardson of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; her twin brother, Roy Martin of Pocahontas; and many other relatives and friends.

Private burial will take place at a later date in Parks Cemetery at Annieville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paragould Children’s Home, (870) 239-4031 or contact the Church of Christ of Paragould for more information.

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