Frances Giudici Richardson

1930 – 2013
Frances Giudici Richardson


On  Monday, October  7,  Frances Joyce Giudici Richardson passed away from complication of Alzheimer’s at Parkview Acres, where she had lived for the past six and a half  years.   

Frances was born on April 16, 1930, to Carl and Jessie Giudici, in Dillon. She was the older of two daughters.  She was raised on the family ranch, attended local schools and graduated from Beaverhead County High School.

She married Charles Richardson on Nov. 24, 1949. They had two children, Don, who lives in Bigfork, and Carleen Chaffin (Dick), who resides in Dillon. Charles and Frances lived at Maiden Rock Mine for many years while Charles worked as an electrician at the mine. During this time, Frances was known for her delicious and beautifully decorated cakes.  She made cakes for many functions and birthdays in Melrose.

Charles and Frances moved back to Dillon in 1964 and purchased the Gambles Store. After selling the store, Frances worked as a bookkeeper for the Dillon Tribune and J.C. Penney’s. For the next 15 years, she served as cashier in the business office at Western Montana College (Univ. of Montana Western).

Frances loved to follow her grandchildren in all their endeavors, traveling across the state to watch football, basketball, horse shows, dance recitals and fiddle contests. 

Frances was preceded in death by: her parents, Carl and Jessie Giudici; and her sister, Bobbi Jeanne Scott.

She is survived by: Charles, her husband of 63 years; her children, Don and Carleen; grandchildren Jami Bay (Aaron) of Missoula, Juli Devlin of Missoula, Kevin Richardson (Christy) of Whitefish, and Jessica Mischke of Kalispell.  Frances also is survived by 10 great grandchildren: Dayton and Carson Bay; Bridger and Branson Devlin; Brayden, Abree and Kayla Richardson; and Mackenzie, Kadance and Nicole Mischke.

Services will be held at the Brundage Funeral Home on Thursday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m.   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Frances’ name to: Hospice c/o Home Health and Hospice; Parkview Acres Auxiliary; The Presbyterian Church of Dillon; or to an organization of the donor’s choice.