Judith Ann Joslyn was born October 23, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois to Ina Riswold and William Ward Smith. She grew up with her younger brother, William Ward Smith, Jr. whom she respected greatly and loved dearly. Judy was always a good student and loved to learn. She was proud to have attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and then the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota. Judy made Santa Rosa her home in 1957 and dedicated her time to the Ladies Medical Auxiliary League, political endeavors, becoming a mean Bridge player and then to being a mother. She couldn't keep her toes from tapping to music, had fun dancing, was a voracious reader and most of all loved writing. She had an amazing command of the English language and loved the etymology of words. Judy was a published author and extremely proud of that. She was working on her great historical novel when her illness prevented her from finishing. She was a strong woman who never complained and beat breast cancer, skin cancer and then faced Alzheimers and Parkinsons at the end of her life, with her usual strength and grace. She was a fine lady and we were blessed to know her. Judy passed peacefully on December 19, 2012 at the age of 80. She is survived by her devoted husband of 24 years, Danforth Joslyn, her loving brother, William Ward Smith, Jr. (Marilyn), her children, Ame Erica Bolander Van Dyke (Douglas), Katherine Ann Bolander, Ivar Jeffrey Bolander (ShellyAnne), her step children Geoffrey Lee Joslyn (Fran) and Nanette Joslyn King (Russ), her treasured grandchildren, who knew her as "Grammie", Kara, Drew, Tony, Bradyn, Brian, Eric, Andrew, Alivia and Paris. She is also survived by her loving Niece and Nephew, Ann Wakefield Smith Lundquist and William Ward Smith III, and her beloved aunt, Virginia Smith Nyberg. Judy will be interned at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park Cemetery in the presence of her family in January. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to: Sutter Hospice, The Alzheimers Foundation of America or The National Parkinsons Foundation.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2012