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Judith Wood Ganley

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JUDITH WOOD GANLEY 26 June 1939 - 27 April 2007 Resident of Blackhawk, CA Judy Ganley, beloved wife of Howden Ganley, devoted sister of John B. (Bindy) Wood, Jr. and Edwin K. (Mary) Wood II, adored mother of Erin K. (Tom) Pritchett and Eric J. (Camie) Kondratieff and grandmother of Nicki, Austen, Andrew and Alex Pritchett, passed away peacefully in her home with her husband and children at her bedside after a courageous nine-year battle against cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, John Belden Wood, Sr., her mother, Marian Singer Wood, and her brother, Ralph S. Wood. A native of Oakland, Judy graduated at the top of her class from Anna Head School for Girls in 1957 then attended Stanford University, where she met her first husband, Serguey Kondratieff, whom she married in 1958. Together, they took up amateur motor racing, competing at such venues as Sears Point and Laguna Seca. After their divorce in 1969, Judy became a success on the women's professional racing circuit with teammates such as Janet Guthrie. She frequently traveled to England, where she met the love of her life, Grand Prix driver Howden Ganley of New Zealand, to whom she has been very happily married for nearly 32 years. They made their home in England from 1975 to 1999, after which they moved permanently to Blackhawk. Though she retired from competitive driving in 1971, Judy remained involved in various aspects of motor racing for many years, providing extensive administrative support to major racing teams and, later, to Howden's TIGA racecar factory in England. She also devoted her acting, singing and leadership talents for many years to the Doghouse Club, whose annual cabaret extravaganzas raised considerable funds for a variety of charitable foundations. A talented athlete, Judy enjoyed and excelled at golf, winning many prestigious amateur tournaments along the way. She was elected Ladies Captain of the Maidenhead Golf Club, the only non-U.K. woman ever to hold that position. She also loved outdoor activities such as fly-fishing and horseback riding, especially in the company of her family. Judy was an adventurer and traveler who enjoyed learning new things and experiencing new places; she also enjoyed making new friends as well as cultivating the old ones. We love her for her charm and quick wit, her thoughtful generosity and her gracious treatment of everyone around her. We deeply admire her quiet courage and inspirational example of the past nine years, for she never failed to get the most out of life despite her illness. For all these reasons, and for many more besides, Judy will be greatly missed, not only by her loved ones, but also by her many friends around the world whose wonderful tributes and heartfelt messages of condolence have been a great comfort to her family. Memorial services will be held at Blackhawk and in England. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Judy Ganley to either the East Bay SPCA at http://www.eastbayspca.org/donate/tributesandmemorials.cfm or to The Wheelchair Foundation, P.O. Box 2545, Danville, CA 94526. Wilson & Kratzer - Danville 925-820-2999
Published in Inside Bay Area on May 2, 2007
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