Born April 15, 1947, Judy grew up on a remote cattle ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation with sisters Kaye and Kathy and brother Jim. She loved everything about the ranching life from working cattle to riding horses and fishing to camping.
She was fascinated and proud of her heritage and never missed a pow-wow or ceremony. She learned the trades and created exquisite masterpieces of beadwork and sewing.
Judy moved on to seek an education in accounting and business. She graduated from Northwest College, but more than an education, college led her to her best friend and love of her life. On Sept. 2, 1967, she married Al and began a whirlwind of adventures from family to business.
She and Al built and ran several successful businesses and there was never a dull moment. Her greatest and most proud accomplishments were her three daughters. Later came the grandchildren who changed everything, especially her name to Gramma Judy which stuck with the young and old.
She beamed with pride at every rodeo, dance recital, track meet and game. Filling her spare time, if there was any, Judy enjoyed working on her book of genealogy, crossword puzzles and early morning phone calls. She opened her heart and home to anyone that came by — they were always welcome and treated like family.
Judy lived by simple rules: count your blessings, work hard, do unto others and have fun. A good practical joke never hurt.
She is survived by her husband, Al; children Cherain (Brett), Misty and Mark; grandchildren Zack and Shyane; sisters Kaye (John) Stoll, Kathy (Ed) Leclair, Diane Fike and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at Ballard Funeral Home.
A memorial donation fund has been set up in her name at First Bank of Wyoming.
An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com.