Judy Hinkle age 71, passed away on February 10, 2014 after a long and courageous fight against multiple health issues. She was a three time survivor of breast, uterine, and kidney cancer. Judy was a resident of Lodi for 42 years. Born in Vancouver, Washington to Ken and Jean Ray on December 19, 1942. She was raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Jefferson High School. She attended Portland State University and Delta College where she enjoyed many fields of study. Judy married Bill Hinkle in 1963 which began a loving marriage lasting 50 years, including raising two children. She worked as an executive secretary for U.S. National Bank in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle First National Bank in Seattle, Washington. She served as Executive secretary for the California Sugar Beet Growers Association, and the beet sugar industry for 25 years retiring in 2004. Judy had a lifelong love of the mountains, backpacking, and camping. She was a devoted and active member of the Girl Scouts, serving in her teen years as a counselor at Camp Wind Mountain near Stevenson, Washington. While living in Lodi, she was a long-time Girl Scout troop leader, and then a District Council trainer for new Girl Scout leaders teaching them camp songs for future generations. She was docent for the Lodi Lake Nature Area for several years. Judy was a long time active member of the Lodi Japanese American Citizens League, Lodi Chapter, a board member for the Lodi Sister City Committee, and a board member for the NORCAL Sister Cities International. Her travels included many trips to Japan, Hawaii, and New England where her children were living. She actively encouraged her children to spread their wings, travel, and be adventuresome. Even though she endured prolonged health problems for over tweny years, her travels included trips to Switzerland , Greece, France, and Ireland. Judy is survived by her devoted husband Bill, her two children, and their families: Debbie (Atsushi) Funakawa, grandsons, Keita, and Kai of Honolulu, and Greg (Nicole) Hinkle of Keene, New Hampshire, granddaughter Nola: sister, Cathy Williamson of Portland, Oregon, and brother Richard (Susan) Ray of Salem, Oregon.
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A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Lodi Funeral Home at 725 S. Fairmont Ave. The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Girls Scouts Heart of Central California in Judy's name. Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/guestbook. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Feb. 13 to Feb. 21, 2014