Joanne Richard passed away on Thursday June 6, at 70 years of age. She was the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy Cooke. Joanne (Jo) was born in Minneapolis Minnesota but raised in Denver Colorado. She graduated from Valparaiso University in Chicago with a BS in education and earned a master’s degree in speech therapy and special education from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Joanne moved to Miles City in 1980 with her partner Don Richard on May 18 of 1981 they were married. During an in-depth conversation with her mother-in-law Jo decided that accounting was way more fun than teaching. After waiting tables for a few months Joanne took her first step into the accounting world. Within a few years of working in different accountant offices she bought a practice of her own. Her go getter attitude guided her to become and Enrolled Agent and a Certified Financial Planner. She provided tax accounting, financial planning, bookkeeping, payroll, and personal financial services. Her practice, known as Professional Financial Services, operated in Miles city for 30 years.
Along with her business achievements Joanne was an avid hunter, fisherman, and camper. In her earlier years she was a camp counselor in the mountains of Colorado, shot a bear while elk hunting in the mountains, and was chased by a moose while walking to her house in the winter with 10ft snowbanks on each side of the road. One of her most memorable achievements; she designed and helped build her very first home. Joanne was always full of adventure, and the drive for adventure, along with her desire to make others happy, gave her the idea to have a food booth at the fair. It made her feel so good to be able to cook for others. Her Japanese Noodles, Shishkabobs, and Brisket Wraps will be missed by all.
Joanne is preceded in death by her father and mother Ralph and Dorothy Cooke, and her sister Nancy Barr. She is survived by her husband Donald, her son David and daughter-in-law Jessica (Roufley) Richard, her daughter Karissa Nissen (Richard) and son-in-law Greg Nissen, her six grandchildren Joey, Heidi, Taylon, Makayla, Tannor, and Whitney.