Patricia Richmond remembered as animal lover who loved to laugh |

Patricia Richmond remembered as animal lover who loved to laugh

Patricia Richmond

— A close family friend of the Richmonds described 22-year-old Patricia Richmond as a kind-hearted artist who had a great smile and loved to laugh.

Steamboat Springs resident Dannelle Freideman gave Richmond’s eulogy during her memorial service Sunday at Yampa Valley Funeral Home. About 100 people attended, and Richmond’s sketch book was on display.

Richmond, a 2010 Soroco High School graduate, was also an animal lover and was involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, Freideman said.

During the eulogy, Freideman explored why bad things happen to good people. Richmond’s body was found June 29 at her fiance’s home in North Routt County. She was engaged to 24-year-old Keith West. West’s cousin, Cole Pollard, 21, was arrested July 1 and has been charged with murder. Pollard told investigators he “snapped.”

A motive is still unclear, and friends and family members continue to ask, “Why?”

“So when you ask about specific individual events and want to know why this particular thing happened, we won’t get the full answer in this world,” Freideman said in the eulogy. “Someday, we’ll see with clarity, but for now, things are foggy.”

Further looking for an explanation, Freideman said there was illness, abuse, broken relationships, betrayal, sorrow, injuries, disappointment, heartache, crime and death.

“For all the things it leaves us confused about, one of the truths it clearly illustrates is that life is so fragile and short,” Freideman said. “She never saw it coming. She had no clue that those moments might be her last moments in this world.”

Freideman said the family was appreciative of Yampa Valley Funeral home owner Mitch Locke’s help. Necklaces were made that contained Richmond’s ashes.

Richmond’s sister, Misty Richmond, and mother, Denise Turner, traveled from Ohio to attend the funeral.

“They’re doing well,” Freideman said. “They have a lot of really good friends that are supporting them.”

Freideman said the sisters were best friends, and they did a lot of horseback riding together.

“Her and Trisha were really close,” Freideman said.

Freideman said friends and family were thankful for the support they have received from the community. Tall Tulips donated flowers for the service. Other donations came from Safeway, City Market and the Steamboat Christian Center.

Steamboat Today attempted to seek comment from friends, family members and Richmond’s fiance but was unsuccessful.

A memorial account has been set up in Richmond’s name at Alpine Bank.

Another memorial service is being held Saturday in Ohio.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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