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By John Tucker

Cecile A. Richardson-Tesson, Wellsville


Cecile A. Richardson-Tesson, 78, passed away Sunday (March 14, 2021) at the home of her son, surrounded by family.

Cecile was born on July 19, 1942 in Milford, Mass. to Vernon E, and Cecile L. “Mousey” (Migneault) Richardson. Her family moved all over the country during Cecile’s childhood as her father was in the United States Airforce. In1960 she graduated from high school in Roswell, New Mexico. Cecile moved to Boston, where she attended Katherine Gibbs School. After working as an executive secretary Cecile’s focus shifted toward being a mother. She always said she loved children when asked why she had so many.

With ten children, Cecile devoted much of her time as a homemaker. While the children were growing up she was also able to satisfy a lifelong passion to help meet the needs of the less fortunate by serving under Gov. Michael Dukakis with a position in the Coalition for the Homeless as a tenant’s advocate and mentor.

Cecile is survived by seven sons, Samuel (Thalia) Finegold of Greenwood, Chris (Uduak) of San Jose, Calif., Jason (Niki) Richardson of Camarillo, Calif., Adam (Heather) Tesson of Arroya Grande, Calif., Heath (Jessica Graves) Tesson and Asa (Diane) Richardson, both of Scio and Zack Tesson of Wellsville; three daughters, Rebecca Richardson of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Amber (Thor) Schuson and Emily Kailbourne, both of Wellsville; one brother, Charles (Terry) Richardson of Utah and one sister, Melissa Richardson of O’ahu, Hawaii.

Additionally, she is survived by 19 grandchildren: Maria, Mark, Anjuli, Emma, Regina, Joshua, Sitara, Corwin, Autumn, Olivia, Alexander, Casey, Mae, Caleb, Aaron, Isabella, Victoria, Riley, and Brooklyn. Cecile also leaves two nephews: John and Michael, and several cousins.

Cecile was predeceased by a brother, Vernon Richardson, Jr. and an infant son, Joshua Richardson.

Cecile loved the big family events. The family reunions, family meals and the family trips to the beaches around Cape Cod were very dear to her. Cecile especially enjoyed Seagull Beach and Sandy Neck Beach. She enjoyed being with the family on fishing trips and cooking fresh fish and seafood.

Cecile also enjoyed the simpler things of life. She enjoyed eating fresh asparagus out of her garden and enjoyed the companionship of her many dogs and cats over the years.

Along with her desire to help people in need and spend time with family Cecile enjoyed growing things and creating beautiful quilts from vintage fabrics.

Per her wishes, there will be no prior visitation. A private Celebration of Life Ceremony will be observed at a time convenient to the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Scio/Wellsville. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Cecile’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

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