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The Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation, Inc. is proud to honor Eileen Nichols as its 2011 Distinguished Citizen. Eileen was born in Ft. Worth, TX to Frances Hardison Nichols and Robert L. Nichols. Following her High School graduation she went to the University of Missouri – Columbia and graduated with a degree in Journalism.
Eileen is married to Phil Richardson and has two daughters, Cora and Emily. To date, she is blessed with one granddaughter, Madeleine.
Through the years, Eileen has served on numerous boards in the Webb City community including, but not limited to, the Webb City Park Board, the Webb City Library Board, the Chamber’s Downtown Committee, as well as various Webb City task forces. In addition, she has and is currently involved as a volunteer in the following: the Webb City Historical Society, the Friends of the Webb City Library, the Ozark Area Crop Hunger Walk, Central United Methodist Church, Lafayette House, Heartland Opera Theater, the Missouri Farmers Market Association and the Webb City Farmers Market. Under her direction as founder and manager, the Webb City Farmers Market has become a huge success and in 2009 won the Missouri Market of the Year.
Eileen has also been involved in the Webb City R-7 School District. Her daughters are both graduates of Webb City. Through her efforts, some 3,000 students attended workshops in connection with two Smithsonian traveling exhibits managed by Eileen. Between the Webb City Middle School and the Madge T. James Kindergarten Center, Eileen manages the Kids Community Garden for middle school age children and older.
Each year Eileen and her husband hold a fundraiser for the Andy Brown Memorial Scholarship, which is part of the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation.
Eileen has been an active member of the Webb City community for over 30 years. The Foundation is pleased to honor Eileen for her tremendous contributions to our community.