Izolia Richardson, (Zoe) as she was called by family and friends, was born on November 12, 1940 in Huntsville, Alabama, the only child to King Kaiser Halsey and Edna Betts-Halsey.
Izolia married Robert D. Richardson and through this union, they had four children, Terence (deceased), Tracy, Tandrea and Tamiah (deceased).
Izolia was a graduate of Taft High School, Class of “58” and later pursued a career in inhalation therapy where she became an Inhalation Therapist at Bethesda Hospital. Izolia had a deep passion to always help those that were in need, regardless of who you were. In her spare time, she volunteered for the Grandparent Foster Care Program to help with children, teaching and inspiring them to have hope in finding a new home. Izolia also gave her time to sit and care for premature newborns with birth defects and illnesses at Children’s Hospital for many years.
Zoe’s other passion was cooking…She loved to cook. She even gave her great culinary skills in the kitchen of Bethlehem Temple where she was a faithful, committed member for over 40 plus years under the leadership of Bishop E.W. Young, Bishop Johnnie Johnson and Bishop James Chapman.
Izolia loved her Family, especially the grandchildren where they could do no wrong in her eyes. She loved to travel and enjoyed life. One of her favorite little sayings was, that’s too much sugar for a snack when she would hear unbelievable and overwhelming news about something.
Izolia was a tremendously strong-willed, opinionated, proud and independent woman with style and class. She’s going to be deeply missed.
She leaves to cherish her memory: son, Tracy L. Richard-son and wife, Geneva; daughter, Tandrea L. Watson and husband, Ben; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; loving cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell and Donna Betts, Mr. and Mrs. Landon and Sharnea Smith and Mr. James Betts; and a host of loving family and friends.
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