Carol Jean Tyson Richardson

Carol Jean Tyson Richardson, age 72, passed away on October 4, 2019, in Houston, Texas. Carol had been a Southbelt resident since May 1975. She served as a board member for both the Sagemont Beverly Hills Little League and the Sagemont Beverly Hills Softball Association. She was also a scorekeeper for both leagues. Carol had a career as an elementary school teacher that spanned almost 30 years. Her last 23 years of teaching were as a kindergarten teacher at Crespo Elementary in HISD. She taught with both patience and love. She was born on May 27, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas to Melvin Clifford Tyson and Ruby Buesing Tyson. She graduated as class valedictorian at Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Psychology. Carol and her husband, John, were college sweethearts, meeting at TCU when they were both 18 years old. They were married in April 1968, and began their once upon a time.
Carol is survived by her: husband of 51 years, John Richardson; daughter, Shawn Richardson Leslie and her husband, Craig Leslie; sons, Kenneth Richardson and Paul Martin; sisters, Shirley Tyson McCall and Debi Tyson Jurek; brother, Wayne Tyson; grandchildren, Jacob Leslie, Joshua Leslie, Megan Richardson, and Morgan Richardson; and numerous family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shellie Richardson Martin.
Carol’s family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, Texas 77598. A funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Carol will be laid to rest at Miller Creek Cemetery in Johnson City, Texas.


  1. To you and your beautiful family, John–
    Our hearts are broken for you all in the loss of Carol…a wonderful, smart, funny woman who was to us a dear neighbor and friend, but, of course, to all of you, the sweetest of words in the world…mother, grandmother, and true love…Please know how much we ache for your sorrow. We are with you and for you.
    Believing in the promises of Christ at this time and praying earnestly for your comfort and peace…

    Dawn, Darryl, and Matthew Malone
    • Your heartfelt words are kind indeed. Carol loved you all and it was always a blessing to her to have you living just across the street. God Bless!

      John Richardson
  2. My sincerest condolences and prayers to you, John and your family. I pray that y’all will find the strength to get through this. Carol will be missed so much. I know in my heart that she is with Shellie.

    Tracy Ackley
    • Thanks Tracy! I thank God I had her as long as I did. And, yes it still was too soon. And, I agree with you, I think Shellie was there to meet her!

      John Richardson
  3. My dear John, I am so sorry to hear that Carol has passed. I know you have an empty heart, but just trust that she is in a better, peaceful, and beautiful place and in the arms of her heavenly protector. My prayers are with you. My friend, Until we meet again, trust and believe in God..

    Jackie Spradley
    • It was good to hear from you Jackie! And, thank you for you prayers and kind thoughts.

      John Richardson
  4. I taught 1st grade following Mrs. Richardson for years when I got to Crespo Elementary. She was a friend and the ultimate mentor! I am a better educator because of her! You could not know her without seeing the great love she had for her family and especially her grandbabies! My prayers are with us all who loved her! She is dearly missed.

    Nadine Francois
    • Thank you Nadine! It was wonderful to read your kind words. Carol was an amazing person and it helps the family to know that she was appreciated by others.

      John Richardson
  5. We, here in San Antonio will be rejoicing with you as you celebrate her!! Continuing to pray for all of you!!

    Cindy Gray
    • God Bless you Cindy! Carol did have a life worth celebrating!

      John Richardson
  6. Carol was a lot more than a best friend to me! She was my confidant and I Loved her like a sister. The smartest and most caring person that I’ve known. She was there when I needed her the most. She will always be in my Heart! And I will never never forget all of the hours that we sat and talked. My thoughts are with her family and know that I Love you all!

    Lee Ann Rice
    • Thanks Lee Ann! Carol loved you too! And, I think sisters is a pretty good way to describe your relationship. God Bless!

      John Richardson
  7. So sorry for your loss John. I never met Carol but I feel I know her through your stories and what she did in her life. I still have a crush on my kindergarten teacher. Imagine all the kids that still think of her.

    Garry L Wilson
    • Thanks Garry! She did touch a lot of students, parents and teachers during her teaching career. I was present during a number of spontaneous reunions where she was able to reunite with an old student or their parent. It was heartwarming at the time to witness and comforting now to remember.

      John Richardson
  8. My sincerest condolences to the family. Ms. Richardson was my kindergarten teacher at Crespo about 17 years ago, and she also taught my younger brother 14 years ago. My family was sad to hear about her passing yesterday from my kindergarten classmate yesterday. She was so kind, caring, and such an amazing educator that we still remember her after all these years. She created such a nurturing environment for us in her classroom that I still keep up with the friendships I made at 5-years-old. I am currently 22 years old, and will be graduating from college in May and attending medical school to become a physician next fall. I fully attribute my love for school to Ms. Richardson, and I know she touched many of my other classmates as well. She molded us into the physicians, nurses, engineers, army service members, educators, and scientists that we are today. She really did have a life worth celebrating, and I feel that it was a blessing to have her as my teacher. God Bless to the family and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.

    Ayleen Hernandez
  9. as a former student of Crespo elementary, I was able to gain a close relationship with Mrs. Richardson. and I am so happy that this was the reality for me. I remember so vividly, that warm smile on my first day of school. She watched me grow and with her knowledge filled my cup with water and plate full. I distinctly remember the comfort she had given me when I cried. I’m also guilty of calling her “mom”. XD
    Believe it or not but Mrs. Richardson, had actually helped me be more confident in art. As a sixth grader now, it’s been getting tough. But I do remember how much fun i had and, what she called recess cool-offs. this motivates me with every step and breath i take to try my best in school. Recently I have gotten failures, and ever since then- the agonizing talk with my mom- i pledged to keep trying. she would have wanted that. But as of now I am doing well, and have even dedicated some of my art to her. It brought me to tears as soon as I heard of this, but I am so glad to have her as my teacher. And I am forever greatful for her and her teaching.
    -Forever loved, forever cherished in my heart. God bless and have a good year.

    Sophia Roman

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