Judy Ann (Shoemaker) WOOTEN

Judy Ann

On September 12th, 2012, we lost our dear friend, Judy Ann Wooten. Born in Buffalo, New York, she moved to Walla Walla with her father at a young age. After graduating from Walla Walla High School, she enrolled at Washington State University. She was extremely active as an undergraduate, a trait she would carry throughout her life. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and remained an active alumna after graduation. Judy graduated from WSU with a degree in education and began a teaching career in the Central Valley School District that would last for over 44 years. She was a tremendous coach and mentor to so many young people in the valley. Her coaching included volleyball, softball and track and field - she was always cheering her students! Judy was also involved with the Washington Education Association as a director, a vice-president of the WEA/Eastern Washington UniServe Council, as the WEA Board Representative for Central Valley School District and most recently as vice-president of the statewide WEA-Retired. She was attending one of those meetings when she passed away. Along with active membership in a number of professional affiliations, she also found time to work with Special Olympics students each Saturday during ski season for many years and brought many a smile on the slopes. A lifetime member of the WSU Alumni Association, Judy was a dedicated Cougar fan who attended all home games and many away games. She was a long time resident of Liberty Lake who collected as many friends as she did hats! A special thank you goes to Dr. Hakan Kaya and the staff at Cancer Care Northwest for the wonderful care they gave to Judy during the last eight years.
A celebration of Judy's life will be held October 20th at 4:00 PM at Spokane Events and Catering, 10512 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley. She will be laid to rest in Walla Walla next to her beloved father on October 27th with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy's name to the (Spokane Branch), SpokAnimal or SCRAPS.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2012