Johnada Lorraine Richardson was the only child born to the late John and Ada Green on June 24, 1931 in Hayti, Missouri. She transitioned from this earthly life to her eternal home December 18, 2020 under the care of her children and grandchildren.
After finishing High School at Hayti Central School she attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri where she obtained a BS degree in Business and Commercial Education with a Minor in Elementary Education. She also received a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University. She began her teaching career in 1954 in Holland, Missouri and later transferred to the South Pemiscot School District in Steele, Missouri where she taught for 43 years as an English teacher. She taught adult education classes in addition to her full time employment at South Pemiscot. She devoted numerous volunteer hours to Lincoln University Youth Development Kids Beat. She was founding member of the Bootheel Boys and Girls Club. She was member of the NAACP, a member of the Central Alumni Group, a member of the Bootheel Retired Teachers Association, a Co-Director of the SEMO Baptist Youth Camp in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, a Girl Scout Coordinator, a Past Grand Most Ancient Matron of Grand Court Heroines of Jericho Missouri and Jurisdiction, a member of Blanche B. Hill Court #43 Heroines of Jericho, she was a chartered member of Central Star #114 Order of Eastern Star, a past District Deputy Grand Worthy Matron for Harmony Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star Missouri and Jurisdiction. She was a member of Cedar Street Baptist Church for 80 years. She served as a group leader, a Sunday School Teacher, an active participant in the BTU and assisted with summer camp. She had a ministry of help. She found enjoyment and fulfillment in serving others. Whatever her hand could find to do, she would do it as unto the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Willie D. Richardson, Sr., son, Willie D. (Billy) Richardson, Jr., parents, John and Ada Green. Johnada will be remembered by her remaining three sons and one daughter, Earl Green (Mona) of St. Louis, Missouri, Jay Richardson ,Sr. (Joyce) of Hayti, Missouri, Ryan Richardson of Jefferson City, Missouri and Nadine Davis of St. Louis, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Shanita Evans, Tanisha Lloyd (Charles), Torey Nelson (Regina), Shanika Lloyd, Michael Green, Nicole Davis-Bostic (Rick), Jay Richardson, Jr., Derrell Davis, Angela Jordan, Tavares Townsend, Jayla Ellis and Sandy Martin; 21 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, countless family and friends.