Ann Richardson: Community Spirit in Action!

Posted on September 27, 2021

Carol Ann Engskov and Carol Youngblood present the Carla Young Community Spirit Award to Ann Richardson.

The Friends of the Berryville Library are pleased to announce Ann Richardson as the latest recipient of the Carla Youngblood Community Service Award.  The award recognizes individuals for their acts of kindness to the community without seeking any recognition. Mary Knight, Friends of the Library president stated, “The Friends of the Library would not be where it is today if she hadn’t stepped up to be the President and re-energized the group during her years in office.”

According to Mary Lou Harp, “Ann is a quiet supporter of the library.  She is usually the first to arrive for an event and the last to leave, ensuring everything is cleaned and put away.” Richardson, a native of Berryville and a graduate from Berryville High School left her successful law practice to care for her ailing parents while maintaining their family farm.  Her parents, Mary and Wayne Richardson were no strangers to this community as Mary served as the County Health nurse for many years. Both parents have since passed away and Ann continues to maintain the family farm today.

Ann gives of her time, not only to the Friends of the Library, but often you will find Ann driving a friend to a doctor appointment or bringing them groceries to their home or assisting with chores or projects around their house.  There isn’t anything that is beyond Ann’s scope.  She has a true heart of service to others.

According to Carol Ann Engskov, “I’ve known Ann for many, many years.  She is an avid Library patron, and not only does she support events in the community, but she also prides herself on shopping local at Stubbs Grocery.” Several times a week, Richardson can be found picking up needed groceries for people who are unable to get out of their homes. “She loves her community, family, and friends, and always does more than her share by donating the time or money needed, to make a difference” Engskov added.

Ann also enjoys sharing her culinary skills by providing items for bake sales and food for those who are sick or who have had an illness or death in their family.  Ann is quietly working behind the scenes to identify the need and do something about it.

Given Richardson shies away from recognition or any kind of a spotlight, the Friends had to sneak up on her during one of her volunteer shifts at this year’s Pioneer Days event.

For more information on the Carla Youngblood Community Spirit Award or to find out more about joining the Friends of the Library, contact (870) 423-2323.