Hilda Petronilla Richardson (Miller)
|Birthplace:||Curepe, St Joseph, Trinidad & Tobago|
|Death:||Died in Port of Spain, Cocorite, Trinidad & Tobago|
|Place of Burial:||Port of Spain, Lapeyrouse Cemetery, Trinidad & Tobago|
Daughter of Francis Elliot Miller and Adolphine Miller
|Managed by:||Private User|
About Hilda Petronilla Richardson
Celebrating the 90th Year - A 2007 Tribute to - Hilda Petronilla Richardson (March 21, 1917 - July 2nd, 1995)
HILDA PETRONILLA RICHARDSON, born Hilda Petronilla Miller in St Joseph, Curepe, Trinidad, on March 21st, 1917. She was the daughter of FRANCIS ELLIOT MILLER and ADOLPHINE PETRONILLA MILLER (nee Chittenden). She had three brothers and one sister, VINCENT, GEORGE & JOHN & IRMA. Both her parents died before she was twelve years of age, and she was raised by her aunts.
Hilda spent her early childhood and adolescence in the district of Manzanilla. Hilda, her brother MATTE (John) MILLER and her first cousin CLAIRE CAMPBELL (nee Marcano) with whom she formed a very close sisterly bond, were nurtured and raised under the guardianship of their aunt, MS DORA CHITTENDEN, otherwise known as T-DORE, along with their aunt and Claire's mother, MRS ANORA MARCANO (Nee Chittenden), otherwise known as NUNES in the immediate family circle. It should be noted that both these fine ladies were highly respected. Moreover, Ms Chittenden as the Village Postmistress was held in great esteem in the Manzanilla of long ago.
HILDA attended the Nariva Government School in Manzanilla, Trinidad under the tutorship of Mr. J.B. Cottie who was known through the village as a teacher par excellence. If those were the days of beauty contestants, Mr. Cottie would certainly crowned her the Queen of the Village. He used to describe her as the most beautiful girl in Manzanilla. It was from this healthy, serene, spiritually and morally-enriched flower garden atmosphere that Hilda's character blossomed. She was a veritable social butterfly; she played prominent roles in the then traditionally accepted school and church-based activities like Annual School Concerts, Dances and Harvest festivals.
Included in this social milieu were some of her best friends like Winnie Amoroso and others from the Rivers and La Fortune families. Whether it was at after church gatherings or sea bathing parties, Friends and relatives, young and old were drawn to her like a magnet; she was so vibrant, effervescent and witty. They intensively enjoyed the booming voice, the infectious laughter and camaraderie. She seemed to possess a knack for seeing the lighter side in the worst of circumstances.
There were mutual visits between the Manzanilla branch of the family and the cousins who resided in Port of Spain. It was in this full bloom of her adolescent life that Hilda met and married NEVILLE RICHARDSON, the Romeo from Mayaro. These lovebirds met on February 23, 1936 at the wedding of ALROY & SYLVIA NICHOLLS (nee Rivers) - - The Rivers family were friends of Hilda Richardson (nee Miller) - - Alroy and Slyvia Nicholls were brother-in-law and sister/sister-in-law respectively of SIGNA RICHARDSON (nee Rivers) and CLIFFORD RICHARDSON - - Clifford Richardson was the brother of Neville Richardson.
It was love at first site. The courtship was conducted on a weekend basis as Neville was employed at T.L.L (Texaco Leasehold Limited) in Guayaguayare. He proved himself to be extreme loving, caring, supportive and devoted husband and father. Hilda & Neville were married on the 12th February 1939. This fruitful union produced eleven equally bright, vibrant and beautiful children, CAROLE, JENNY, ROSLYN, JUNE, KATHLEEN, DAWN, NEIL, NOEL, IAN, LISLE, ELLIOT, eighteen grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren (as of December 2007). In 1967, Roslyn died, leaving a son, & SEAN, who Hilda & Neville adopted. In the year of Hilda's passing (1995), Hilda & Neville celebrated their 56th Wedding Anniversary.
After marriage in 1939, Hilda & Neville first lived in Guayaguare and in 1949 purchased a home and moved to St James (12 Kathleen Street). In 1973, Hilda & Neville migrated to Brooklyn, New York, USA. By this time most of Hilda's children were grown, and at 56, she decided to return to the workforce. She went back to school, earned her Certified Nursing Assistant Diploma and went out to work for the next 17 years, retiring at 1990 at age 73.
Hilda was a Friend of the Amoroso(s), Rivers(s), La Fortune(s), Lott(s), May(s), Charter(s), DeRose(s) Salandy(s), Medford(s), McVohran(s), Borde(s), and Walton(s).
HILDA RICHARDSON was a devoted mother, friend, adviser who loved the steel band, calypso and carnival, but was a faithful Catholic. She ensured that all her children had a well-rounded upbringing. She was always available to anyone who had a problem and was really a mother to many more than her eleven children. Her laughter, pleasant personality and strict discipline when necessary will not be forgotten. We pray that she will find peace in her final resting place.
MAY GOD BLESS HER
A Reference for Future Generations
December 31, 2007
A major portion of this 90th Year-2007-Tribute was taken from the Eulogy of Hilda Richardson, which written by a dear family and friend, LANCE (Lakie) RIVERS, (brother of Slyvia & Signa), but he opted not to deliver it, because it was too emotional for him, he felt too close to her, and so it was delivered at St Mary’s RC Church, St James, POS T&T on Thursday July 6th, 1995 by one of her son-in-laws, KEITH RICHARDS.
All the NAMES in Capital Letters are family members and are in the family trees in this web site.