Our dear Wife, Mother and Grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the age of 81. She was born June 29, 1931 northwest of Sanger near Bolivar, Texas. Charlene attended Ponder schools and graduated from Ponder High School in 1949. After high school she moved to Fort Worth and attended Bible Baptist Seminary.
She met Thomas Richards at a Billy Graham crusade at the Fort Worth coliseum in 1951. Feeling that God had put them together, they wasted no time and were married later that year on July 29, 1951. God blessed their union with a son on May 30, 1953 and a daughter on October 6, 1959.
Charlene spent many hours as a teenager teaching herself to play the piano. She went on to enjoy a lifelong career of playing the piano, including tenures at Denton Baptist Temple and over 40 years at Maranatha Baptist Church. She also enjoyed teaching her Sunday school class and being active in other capacities at the church. In December of 2005 her husband became the pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church, a lifelong dream of theirs to pastor a church for the glory of God. She enjoyed gardening, canning (especially blackberries), assisting her husband with their business and spending time with her family.
Charlene is survived by her husband Tom, of 61 years; Son and Daughter -n- law, Nathan and Christina Richards of Denton, Tx; Daughter, Paula Johnston of Kennedale, TX; Sisters, Jo Gossett and husband Ed of Houston, Tx; Faye Hughes of Denton, Tx; Berta Farr of Dallas, Tx; Joyce Lynch of Aubrey, Tx. Brother, C.L . Yeatts and wife Nancy of Denton, Tx; Eight grandchildren, Rachel Moore and Husband Timothy of Denton; Naomi Webb and husband Kane of Watson, Ok; Jeremiah Richards and wife Sharon of Sanger, Tx; Benjamin Richards of Valley View, Tx; Sarah Moore and husband Benjamin of Fairmount, Ga; Esther Lollar and husband Matthew of Aubrey, Tx; Lydia Johnston of Denton;Luke Johnston; 18 Great Grandchildren and a large host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday January 31, 2013 at the Maranantha Baptist Church 1301 Audra Ln. Denton, TX. with burial at the Richards family Cemetery in Collinsville, TX.
A visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Wednesday evening at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home 705 N. Locust. On line condolences may be made at www.mulkeymasondenton.com