Memorable Manitobans: Muriel Sprague Richardson (1890-1973)
Business executive, philanthropist.
Born at Ameliasburgh, Ontario on 26 April 1890, daughter of Mary Tomblin and Marcus “Mark” Sprague, she came to Winnipeg at the time of her 1919 marriage to James Armstrong Richardson. They had four children: George Taylor Richardson, James Armstrong Richardson, Agnes McCausland Richardson Benidickson, and Kathleen Margaret Richardson.
She was active in war work and volunteer work in the community. She served on the board of trustees of Queen’s University from 1939 to 1966 and on the board of regents of United College from 1940 to 1951. She was honorary chair of many local and national charities, and served on the Advisory Board of The Winnipeg Foundation. From 1939 to 1966, she was President of James Richardson and Sons Limited.
She was awarded honorary degrees by Queen’s University (1951) and the University of Manitoba (1958). She was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award (1961) and a Centennial Medal of Honour by the Manitoba Historical Society (1970). She was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame (2013) and was selected as a Manitoba Woman Trailblazer (2021).
She died at Winnipeg on 8 January 1973 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
“Eleven Manitobans and radio-TV station to be honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1961.
“Funeral Friday for Mrs. Richardson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1973, page 4.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1973, page 34.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 December 2021