Darlene "Dar" M. Smith Richardson

  • Born: February 13, 1938
  • Died: November 24, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Darlene "Dar" Smith Richardson, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019. A native of LaPorte, Indiana and raised in Columbia City, Dar had been a resident of Fort Wayne for over 60 years. She was a Grief and Loss counselor and considered to be an expert in her field, and developed, implemented and facilitated support groups for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Dar trained volunteers in Hospice programs, bereavement programs, Stephen Ministries and others, as well as guest lectured throughout the country on the subject of grief and loss. She also received numerous awards and accolades for her work, both as a professional and as a volunteer. Dar served on the not-for-profit boards of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Positive Resource Connection, Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries and others.

Dar is survived by her two sons, Michael J. Suever of California and Patrick A. (Lisa) Suever of St. Joe, Indiana; daughters, Anne Hudson of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Beth Smith of Fenton, Michigan; six grandchildren; and brother, Lawrence Smith of LaPorte, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas J. Richardson and Donald F. Wood; and sister, Kay Lehman.

Memorial service will be on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church (611 W Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) with visitation in the church lounge beginning at 1:00 pm until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Positive Resource Connection.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dar was truly a wonderful, caring, loving individual who literally saved me after my husbands sudden unexpected death; she understood grief and those who grieve like no one else; her compassionate leadership in her grief group enabled me to arise each day, put one foot in front of the other, and keep going for me and my family. I will ever forget this amazing human being and I know she is so happily reunited with those who love her; God bless, sweet Dar

Posted by A friend   December 05, 2019

May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
Darlene Kanney Smith Richardson, CCHS Alumni Class of 1955.
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and
prayers to Dar's family.

per TLG

Posted by CCHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION - Columbia City, IN - Student   December 04, 2019

Such a caring, sharing woman -
Rest in the PEACE you shared -

Posted by Cal Thiele - Fort Wayne, IN   December 03, 2019

Dar was a friend of my aunt (Belle Washburn) and I came to know her after my younger brother died unexpectedly. She was very helpful to me at such a difficult time. I'm saddened to learn of her passing. My heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

Posted by Laura Hile - Indianapolis, IN   December 03, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. I will miss Dar desperately. I will miss our impromptu lunches at Casa's and how you shed the light of wisdom on many confusing situations. I remember the weekend us girls spent at your pool house and Don came down to join the party. So many precious memories. I guess the measure of how much you are loved is not by how many friends you have when alive but how many will miss you when you are gone. I cherished our friendship and will miss you always. God speed...

Posted by Tamara Koontz - Fort Wayne, IN   December 01, 2019

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