Community mourns loss of Wendy Richardson

Wendy Richardson

Community members, business leaders and co-workers at The Daily Astorian and Seaside Signal mourn the sudden loss of Wendy Richardson. Richardson, a Warrenton resident, was a longtime South County advocate and had been an advertising representative for publications since 2007.

Richardson suffered an aneurysm Sunday afternoon. She was flown via Life Flight Network to Providence Portland Medical Center and was removed from life support Sunday night at 8:05 p.m., according to family members. She died Monday afternoon.

“It is immensely sad this morning to report that Wendy Richardson died this weekend,” EO Media Group Publisher Steve Forrester said Monday. “Wendy was widely admired and loved in Seaside, and she was well known in Cannon Beach, where she owned a business years ago.”

They recently moved to Warrenton after many years in Gearhart.

Wendy Shannon was born March 24, 1959, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where her father served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Her mother, Dorie Shannon, died in 1996.

Her father, Roger Shannon, survives her. She is also survived by three brothers, Jeff, Scott and Randy Shannon and two stepdaughters, Tiffany Hunt and Gretchen Teevin.

Roger Shannon served three Clatsop County tours with the U.S. Coast Guard, and retired in Astoria.

Richardson attended school here and graduated from Astoria High School in 1977. After graduation, she attended the Art Institute of Portland, formerly the Bassist Institute, where she studied marketing. She returned to the coast after college, and with her mother opened ’Tis the Season, a year-round Christmas store in Cannon Beach. The store offered holiday items and collectibles, as well as cards and lights. The store moved to Seaside in 2001 and closed in 2004.

Family members said Richardson loved nature, birds, family and classic rock. She loved the scenic beauty of the North Coast.

Holidays were important to Richardson, especially Christmas.

“Christmas was her thing,” Alix Richardson said Tuesday.

Andie Richardson said her parents loved to hang out and watch travel shows. “They didn’t need to travel, they could just watch,” she said. “They would get so excited.”

Cannon Beach was especially important to Wendy Richardson, where she appreciated both the art scene and natural beauty.

“She loved everyone,” Andie Richardson said.

Wendy Richardson was hired as the sales consultant for South County for the Daily Astorian in October 2007.

“One of the pleasures of Tuesday mornings was greeting Wendy as she walked past my office to join our sales meeting,” Forrester said. “Her warm personality and keen insights into Seaside and Cannon Beach were a constant ingredient of those meetings.”

“Wendy was a stable and trusted sales consultant for her advertisers for almost nine years,” Daily Astorian Advertising Director Betty Smith said. “Wendy was a huge asset to this company and she worked tirelessly as our ambassador. She took a leadership role in the Seaside office when we acquired the Signal and (Cannon Beach) Gazette. She will be greatly missed.”

“She was selfless and a dedicated volunteer, but her greatest joys were her three children, Alix, Andie and Nick,” said Gretchen Darnell, a longtime friend and the director of sales for the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. “Above all, she loved her family, her children and her husband, Al. She will be sorely missed. She had the kindest heart. She was so full of life and fun to be around.”

Wendy and Al Richardson met in Astoria through friends, and married in 1990.

“I always found her to be a ray of sunshine and smiles and very good at all she did,” Daily Astorian Managing Editor Laura Sellers said. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

“Wendy immediately made me feel welcome in the community,” Seaside Signal Editor R.J. Marx said. “I especially appreciated her irreverent sense of humor. She knew everyone and had an understanding of what makes Seaside tick.”

Former Signal and Gazette editor, Nancy McCarthy said, “Many times, when I needed to know whom to contact about a story I was covering, I would ask Wendy because she seemed to know everyone along our stretch of the North Coast. Wendy was the consummate friend and community volunteer. … She will be greatly missed.

“She was a fabulous, giving person to everyone she knew,” Seaside business owner Jeff Ter Har added. “It’s a big loss to the community.”

Caring and compassion

On Tuesday, Alix, Andie and Nick Richardson said she will be remembered for her love, caring and compassion.

“I just loved her so much,” Alix Richardson said. “She’ll always be our best friend.”

“She was my best friend,” Andie Richardson said.

“She’s always there,” Nick Richardson said. “Just talking to her was the best.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week. Hughes-Ransom Mortuary is handling service arrangements.

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