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Joanne M Richmond

January 17, 1947 - June 12, 2022


Joanne M Richmond

January 17, 1947 - June 12, 2022


Obituary For Joanne M Richmond

Joanne Richmond passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Sunday,
June 12, 2022, in Ione, CA, at the age of 75. Joanne was born in Sacramento on
January 17, 1947, the eldest child of the late Rosalie L. (Davenport) and Elton L. McLain.

Joanne is survived by her life partner Forrest Kahle of Ione and Bullhead City; children Noele Richmond of Ione and Aaron and Amanda Richmond of Colorado; siblings Carol, Carmen, Kathy, and Arnham; and by her many grandchildren, the light of her life, Violet, Phoebe, Avan, Hannah, Travis, Shane, and Chance. Her siblings Thomas, James, and Daveen preceded Joanne in death.

Joanne and former husband David Richmond, moved to Ione in 1975 to raise their family. Joanne jumped right into the community by starting a daycare where she met lifelong friends. She was actively involved with the Ione Business Association, United Methodist Church, Picnic Association, Marlins Swim Team, Community 4-H; as well as the Amador County Fair Junior Livestock Committee, Choraliers, and local politics. In 1979, she began her career with the California Youth Authority at Pine Grove Camp, then Preston School of Industry, retiring in 2007. In 2005, Joanne met her life partner Forrest, and they have spent the last 18 years traveling the world and enjoying life together.

Joanne was a true renaissance woman. Whether she was painting, throwing pots, woodworking, rawhide braiding, costume making, legendary parade floats, or singing a beautiful soprano solo, she simply could do it all with skill and grace. Her fun-loving personality and zest for life drew many to her. She was kind, loyal, honest, an outstanding mother, and a loving grandmother. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy and will be tremendously missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Ione United Methodist Church on July 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made in Joanne’s name to the Amador County Fair Foundation, at, P.O. Box 1072, Plymouth, CA 95669, or the Boulder County Fair Junior Livestock Memorial Scholarship Fund, at, 850 Sumner Way, Erie, CO 80516.


2 Jul

Memorial Gathering

11:00 AM

United Methodist Church 150 W Marlette St Ione, CA 95640 Get Directions »
2 Jul

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM

United Methodist Church 150 W Marlette St Ione, CA 95640 Get Directions »
2 Jul

Memorial Service

11:00 AM

United Methodist Church 150 W Marlette St Ione, CA 95640 Get Directions »
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  • 07/03/2022

    Hugs and prayers go out to her family and friends. She has left so many treasured memories with everyone that she knew. I enjoyed all of the district attorney's employee get-togethers and barbecues. Lots of fun times! She will be missed!

  • 06/30/2022

    Dear Noele and Family, Our deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful mother. She was always such a sweetheart and I loved working with her at Preston. She was always there for others and I will especially remember her kindnesses to me. Blessings to you and all your family. You were the light of her life. Sincerely, Allison and Chris Nicholson

  • 06/29/2022

    I will miss her. She was a very fun, happy go lucky, and loved to be a little mischievous! I spent a lot of week-ends with David & her when I was 15 & 16. Joanne could be a prim and proper lady when necessary, prankster, and a hippie. But I liked it best when she was just my big sister I could talk to, she gave me tips about life, growing up, boys, and just being yourself. She caring, and a very bright light in life and always made you in a better mood. After talking with her. I will miss her smile, her joyful laugh, and just being the best older sister ever!

  • 06/27/2022

    Virginia & Alan We will miss this beautiful lady. Always with a smile.

  • 06/26/2022

    There are never the right words at a time like this. Was so sorry to hear the of the passing of this lovely lady. She was such a joy to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. I remember one time at an Alumni Dinner I asked if she had graduated from Ione High School, she just laughed and said her children had therefor she was an Alumni. She was such a part of the fabric of Ione she will be greatly missed.

  • 06/17/2022

    I am so sorry to hear about Joanne's passing. She was my boss at Preston. My first day there she was taking me around and I was running into a lot of people I had known when I worked at the CYA Academy. She laughed and joked and said she's never met anybody who already knew half of Preston on their first day. Come to find out we both graduated from El Camino High School and she was good friends w/my neighbors who were in her class. I am younger than her but we seemed to know the same people. She was always so kind and helpful to me. After we both retired I would see her once in a while around Ione and it was always like we had just seen each other a couple days before. I will miss you sweet Joanne!

  • 06/15/2022

    My condolences go to her loving family. They could have no idea how much she loved them. She was the kindest, sweetest, most generous person I've ever known. Beautiful in every way. She thrived on her political activities. She reveled in social contributions and serving her community. Whether it was pinochle with Kay and Leon in Ione or 31 with Ralph and Joann in Bullhead City, she was all in. Being a part of her life was a blessing. Everyone who knew her will remember her and miss her. God has a new angel heaven.

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