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Alberta Anne Richardson “Birdie” Obituary

Alberta Anne Richardson “Birdie”

Alberta Anne Richardson, known as “Birdie”, 57, of Memphis died May 30, 2021 at University Hospital in Columbia, MO.

She was born the daughter of Richard and Phoebe (Blackmer) Spencer on November 14, 1963 in Cass City, MI.  

Birdie attended schools in Caro, MI, where she graduated from Caro High School.  After graduation, Birdie moved around a lot.   She lived in Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota before settling in Missouri.

Birdie was a CPC (Certified Professional Coder) and worked remotely as a medical coder for Trinity Health out of Minot, ND.   She loved her job and did it for almost 10 years.    Birdie also received optical training.

When she was younger, she worked at Howard’s Beauty Academy as a stylist and later as a teacher.  Birdie ran cross country when she was in high school.

Birdie loved to travel.   She took every chance she got to travel, it was her passion.   

There weren’t many things she could not do.   Birdie was the strongest, kindest and most loving person to everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Carmen Spencer, in 2001.

She is survived by her parents; children: Marty Sorensen, Holly Brandstetter, Elijah Richardson and Hannah Small; siblings: Laura Ewald, Rose Martin and Richard Spencer; nine grandchildren; many adopted grandchildren and family.   She loved them all like they were her own.

Memorial services will be held at 12 p.m., June 26, 2021 in Michigan.   A celebration of life will be held on July 10 at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Memphis.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Association and their Relay for Life and can be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to Birdie’s family by signing the guestbook at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.