Judith was born in Palo Alto, California, to John and Barbara McClure in 1942 and passed away on January 9, 2020.
She attended grade school, junior high and high school in Everett, WA, but graduated from Woodrow Wilson in Tacoma, WA. Judith received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, and then spent a year doing work at a children’s home in Colorado.
In 1974 she was hired at People’s Bank on Vashon and worked as a teller from 1974-1988. Here’s a quotation from her retirement plaque: “Then provided operational support as the old ‘paper’ world of banking changed to microfilm. Judith prepared the bank’s work for delivery to the Vashon Airport for its nightly flight to Seattle. Her favorite days were when the local branch ran out of cash and she got to be a hero. Judith would hop onto the back of her husband’s motorcycle, wrap her arms around his waist, and speed away to the Seattle Main Office of People’s Bank, bright red afro blowing in the wind. There, Judith would fill up her backpack with stacks of currency and rush back to Vashon to save the day.”
1989 until 1993 Judith worked in bookkeeping and Customer Service for U.S. Bank. In 1993 Judith left banking to work with one-year-olds at the Vashon Child Care Center until its closure in 1999. In 2000 Judith returned to what became U.S. Bank and retired in 2011 completing 31 years at Vashon’s original bank. In her home life, she raised chickens, did gardening which was much appreciated by the deer, did a stint of belly dancing, and was a closet violinist. She was most proud of being a founding member of PEO on Vashon and a member of the Vashon Methodist Church Bell Choir.
Judith had a long slow battle with Parkinson’s disease, which affected all of her abilities, and passed away January 9, 2020. She left the island in 2016 but missed her grandkids who were a large part of her life. For three years she was in the continual care of her elder sister Martha Stout, who made sure she stayed connected to family. She is survived by her three children, including her daughter Sarah and son Daniel of Lynnwood, WA. She is survived by her sisters Mary Johnson, Martha Stout, JoAnn Badertcher and a brother, John McClure; and by several grandchildren, Alexander, Brandon, Jadzia, Summer and Alisa. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Ester Davidson.