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Josephine Irene (Heiser) Hayner

(Jan. 5, 1941 – July 11, 2012)

Josephine Irene (Heiser) Hayner died on Wednesday evening, July 11, at Powell Valley Care Center with her friends at her side, holding her hand and keeping her comfortable as she made her transition. She was 71.

Jo was born in Manning, N.D. Jan. 5, 1941. She was the second child born to Nicholas “Nick” Richard Heiser and Catherine Caroline (Bosch). She moved to Powell with family in 1954. She married Robert E. Richardson in Powell, October of 1956 with sister Ann Marie as maid of honor. Two months later in December, her youngest brother Richard was born and joined company with her mother and younger siblings on the Elmer Mann farm just north of Powell.

Jo returned to Powell to give birth to her only child (Robert Dean Richardson) one year and a day later, after going into labor at the Powell Drive In watching “Bundle of Joy.”

Jo lived in many places and had an adventurous life with two marriages and countless friends and acquaintances that she considered extended family. She utilized her life experiences and family to teach her son what she thought he should know.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Ann Marie.

She is survived by a son, Robert D. Richardson of Casper; sisters Lori Weible of Cheyenne, Loret Woodward of Green Valley, Ariz.; brothers, Nick Heiser of Paradise, Texas, Richard Heiser of Cheyenne; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory. A service will be held at a later date.

Any memorials to her would be greatly appreciated if they were directed to Powell Valley Care Center, 777 Ave H, Powell, WY 82435.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.

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