Joan Alice (Yates) Richardson, 86, of East Dennis died May 11. She leaves family in Bourne.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Grace (Gourlay) and Sampson W. Yates.

Ms. Richardson graduated from the Williams School in New London, Connecticut, and then earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from the Bouvé School at Tufts University. At Tufts she met Philip E. Richardson; they married following her graduation in 1955.

The newly married couple moved to Philadelphia so that he could attend dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and Ms. Richardson accepted a position at Jenkintown High School teaching physical education and coaching field hockey.

Four years later, they returned to the Boston area and settled in Winchester, where they lived for nearly 50 years.

Retiring to Cape Cod in 2003, Ms. Richardson remained an active athlete, but focused her energies on the golf course.

She leaves a sister, Marilyn Y. Stanton; three daughters, Cheryl Richardson-Wagner of Moorestown, New Jersey, Kathleen Winkler of Bourne, and Dr. Sarah E. Richardson of Belmont; and three grandchildren, Emily W. Sheridan of Quincy, Jonathan Winkler of Boxborough, and Caroline R. Wagner of Boston.

Ms. Richardson was preceded in death by her husband and by three siblings, Sampson Yates, M. Kathleen Yates and Judith Y. Winn.

Services will be private.

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