Flora Mae Richardson, 79

Flora Mae Richardson

Flora Mae “Auntie” Bronn Richardson, 79, of Bridgton, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Vassalboro, the daughter of the late Raymond A. Bronn Sr. and Marguerite (Peggy) Sylvain, and there she attended local schools.

Flora met her husband, Allan Richardson, in Richmond. They were married in Portland on Oct. 22, 1955, then moved to Bridgton in 1956, where they made their home of 62 years. She worked as a hand-sewer at Pleasant Mountain Moc in Bridgton, she also cleaned homes and was a collator at Yankee Masters. She babysat a very special young man named Sam Ross who still was at her house staying over well into his adulthood.

She and her husband Allan loved to travel, going to Atlantic City, N.J., several times and Branson, Missouri, to see The Mickey Gilley show, along with visiting several other states. She loved country music and what a thrill it was to fly to Las Vegas in 1994 to a music competition with friends and family. They took a trip to see the Hoover Dam, going down under the dam was very exciting. She loved camping at the Fryeburg Fair and did seasonal camping in Cornish. She was a big fan of NASCAR racing, cheering for her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and cursing some others. She had collections of all kinds and loved feeding the birds.

She was a member of the Bridgton Congregational Church and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.

Surviving besides her husband Allan of almost 63 years are two brothers, Bertrand Bronn of Scarborough, and Everett Bronn of Washington state; and one sister, Christie (Bronn) Merrick of Washington state. She also leaves a very special nephew that was like a son to her, Bard Richardson; several nieces and nephews, great- and great-great ones, along with several cousins.

Flora was predeceased by one sister, Erdine Fletcher; three brothers, Raymond (Sonny) Bronn Jr., Samuel Bronn, and Abraham Bronn; as well as a stepmother, Grace Bronn.

At her request there will be no funeral. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the L. A. Berry Cemetery in Denmark. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton.

A very special thank you goes out to the nurses at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, for their amazing care and support.

Having no children of her own she supported The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville. In lieu of flowers those who wish may donate to that charity at 93 Silver Street, Waterville, ME 04901. Arrangements are being made by Hall Funeral Home in Casco, Maine. Online condolences may be left for the family at hallfuneralhome.net

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