Born to Richard and Dorothy Sapenter on July 12, Richardene grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Sam Houston HS. She went on to receive her B.A. in education and English from the University of Incarnate Word and then a master’s degree from Trinity University.
An avid reader, writer and devoted educator, Richardene taught English and Reading at Escobar MS and E.T. Wren MS in the Edgewood ISD for 31 years. Richardene loved God and spreading the Good News. She joined Willow Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) under the leadership of Pastor Thomas Hadley, Sr., and became an active member, using her talents over her skills of writing and educating by being the General Secretary for Pastor Thomas Hadley Sr. She also led, presided and was a member of several auxiliaries and committees including the Christian Women’s Fellowship, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Youth and Women’s Teacher, Vacation Bible School Coordinator, Christian Youth Fellowship, Finance committee and WPCC Choir.
On November 4, 1978, Richardene married her classmate, co-worker and the love of her life, Rev. Dr. Henry J. Keys, Jr, who later became pastor of Willow Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). From this union, two daughters, Dorothy and Laura were born. Her devotion and love for her church continued under the leadership of her husband and Pastor JB Brown III.
Early morning November 4, 2020 God wrapped his arms around Richardene and welcomed her into eternal rest. Her memory is kept alive by her daughters, brothers, nieces, nephews and friends.
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