Rose A. Richardson, 88, died Dec. 25, 2009, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport after a brief illness.

Born in Rockport on Dec. 15, 1921, she was one of 17 children of William and Dorothy Miller Demmons. She was educated in Rockland schools.

On May 4, 1943, she married Levander “Lee” Richardson in Rockland, where they made their first home. They later lived in Portland, Florida, California and Scarborough before returning to Rockland several years ago. Mr. Richardson died May 2, 2006.

In earlier years, Mrs. Richardson did seasonal work in area fish factories and picking apples. As a young woman she enjoyed roller-skating; she went for daily walks up until a short time ago.

In recent years she enjoyed a special friendship with neighbors who watched out for her, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Demmons of Rockland.

Other than her husband, Mrs. Richardson was predeceased by a grandson, John Kenney in 2005; a great-grandson, James R. Kenney II in 2001; and a granddaughter-in-law, Linda Kenney in 2006.

She is survived by one son, Roland W. Ames of St. George; a daughter, Gloria A. Kenney and her husband, James, of Rockland; a daughter, Linda Carney and her husband, Craig, of Gray; her granddaughter, Christee Whittaker and her husband, Jon, and great-granddaughters, Olivia and Chloe of Biddeford; her granddaughter, Victoria Anderson and husband, Jeff, and great-grandsons, Hunter and ElliotĀ of Windham; a daughter, Judith Bishop of New Hampshire and grandaughter, Jennifer Bennett of Oakland, Calif., and grandson, Jason Bennett; her grandchildren, James Kenney, Rochelle Kenney, Julie Kenney, Kelley Kenney, Nathaniel Ames, Kimberly Ames and Deanna Kenney; her great-grandchildren, Tori Kenney, Doria Morrison and her husband, Michael, Amber Kenney, Ashley Kenney, Kaitlin Kenney, Kristopher Kenney, Eben Kenney and Kristina Kenney; a great-grandchild, Emma Lynn Morrison; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, Jan. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetery Chapel on Mt. Vernon Road in Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Maine Chapter, 80 Elm St., Portland, ME 04101. To leave online condolences, visit obituaries at