Carrie Izard Richardson once wrote that her columns in the Globe allowed her to be "a surveyor of the west suburban landscape," mapping a terrain where issues that drive national conversations jockeyed for space with the commonplace.
Of the challenges and endless wonders that came with raising her two daughters, she wrote in 1994: "How could I possibly have fantasized the level of emotion that would spring from the first step, the first loose tooth, the first report card, the first crush on a boy, the first tentative questions about life or the first favor asked of me that I can never grant: 'Mom, when you die, will you become a star so I can wish on you and make you alive again?' "
Mrs. Richardson, whose columns appeared in the Globe's West Weekly edition for several years and who more recently was assistant director of public and media relations at Bentley College, died July 10 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 52 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor about seven months ago.
With her husband, David, she bought a house in Waltham 21 years ago. As with many young couples starting a family, they envisioned that first home as a stepping stone to more affluent suburbs. Instead, she found a community that nourished her family's life and her writer's imagination.
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