Frances Belle Richardson was born Fannie Belle Washington, named after her grandmother Fannie Franklin. She was the second child born to Henry A. Washington and Loma V. Franklin Washington, on December 19, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the middle child her family, having two brothers, Mozelle Washington and George D. Washington, Sr.
Although, Fannie Belle never had children of her own, she chose George, Sergio, Pierre, Denise, Lynne and Andee as her children. She was the Matriarch of our family and she balanced her life beautifully and eloquently.
Fannibelle came to meet Margy and Melvin Lachman in 1947 and began to work for them. She then met the Lachman's best friends the Ruttenberg's and worked for them as well. She went on to raise them along with Lynne and Andee. There were so many other people that Fannybell "raised". She stayed with the Lachman’s – giving their family 51 years of loyalty, trust, friendship and love.
Fannie Belle was a faithful member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church for over 70 years. She had a part in the Women’s ministry and worked in the office to support the ministry. She was devoted, loyal and dedicated. She visited the sick and the shut in. Out of all her personal accomplishments, she cherished most her belief the Lord and lived out her days in service to others and caring for her family. Fannie Belle gave her all to truly helping and serving others. She was “all-in” on everything she chose to participate.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Loma Franklin; father, Henry Washington; and her brothers Mozelle W. Washington and George D. Washington, Sr. She is survived by her nephew George D. Washington, Jr and wife Pamela Washington and family of San Antonio, Texas, Nephew Serge Y. Washington and wife Silvia Washington and family of San Antonio, Texas, nephew Pierre R. Washington and wife Cherylyn Washington and family of American Canyon, California; and niece Denise T. Noble and husband Anthony V. Noble and family of Frisco, Texas; two daughters: Lynne Lachman-Penner and Andee Lachman as well as a host of grandnephews and grandnieces.