Carolyn A. Richardson, 85, of Vega, TX passed away on March 8, 2022.
Services for Carolyn A. Richardson will be held in the Vega United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Paul Evans officiating.
Carolyn Anne Richardson was born on November 18, 1936, in Pampa, TX to William and Jackie Fletcher. Carolyn grew up in Amarillo, TX where she learned to play the piano and her father and stepfather would bring her beautiful souvenirs from around the world.
While attending Amarillo High School in Amarillo, TX, Carolyn became a penpal with her best friend’s uncle, Ralph Slutz, while he was stationed in Alaska with the U.S. Army. When Ralph returned home from Alaska and was discharged from the U.S. Army, Ralph and Carolyn married on January 7, 1954, in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Carolyn and Ralph had four children together with three sons, Ronald Charles Charles Slutz, Joe Marvin Slutz, James Alan Slutz, and daughter, Sue Anne Slutz. During her time married to Ralph, Carolyn became a snake wrangler, substitute teacher, mother to every kid in the neighborhood, and the most requested pianist in Oldham County.
Ralph passed away on December 29, 1979, Carolyn being the strong woman she was got a job as the Oldham County Tax Assessor. She met Wayne Richardson, he thought she was beautiful and came to visit her often. Their bond was strengthened through their love of music. Carolyn and Wayne were married on December 5, 1992.
While married to Wayne, Carolyn traveled all over the United States to seed conferences. Carolyn and Wayne would travel to see their grandkids play sports, and to music concerts where she would play the piano for them. Carolyn became the librarian at the Oldham County Library. As the librarian, she met many people, helped students research projects, helped tourists passing through, and Vega residents with a passion for reading.
Carolyn loved her family, dinosaurs, and history (not always in that order).
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, William Fletcher and Jackie Dell; her husband, Ralph Slutz; her second husband, Wayne Richardson; and her oldest son, Ronald (Chic) Slutz.
Carolyn is survived by Chic’s wife, Patricia Slutz of Middelton, ID; sons, Joe Slutz of Huntsville, TX, and James and Robin Slutz of San Jon, NM; daughter, Sue Slutz of Lubbock, TX; nine grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Vega United Methodist Church.
6 Replies to “Carolyn A. Richardson”
To me, Carolyn was the librarian that could find any book that I requested no matter how long she had to work at it. I know that once she just went and bought the book I had asked her to find. She was the “BEST” and I appreciated her dedication.
God bless, Carolyn, R.I.P.
I loved her and I will miss her. We had a great time doing all that we did together. Rarely do you get to have a friend like Carolyn! My love to all of you in the family!! I have been singing to her up here in the mountains!!
My heartfelt sympathy to Joe, Sue and the rest of your family. Your Mom was so talented and always willing to share her talent with others. I know you will miss her terribly. May God bless you during this very difficult time.
A talented lady…
🙏 prayers for the family during this time…may your hearts ♥️ be comforted with loving memories.
Sorry for your loss. She was one of the sweetest ladies. Always had a smile and will be missed greatly.
Dearest Sue, Jim & I send our love for you and All of you who love your Mom! What a beautiful, adventurous life your Mom lived.
Know we are Praying and sending love.