Judith Weatherford

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Judith Ann Weatherford

Judith Ann Weatherford, 78, mother, grandmother, sister and devoted volunteer, died June 29, 2017. Born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Judith Rahorn was the eldest of four sisters. She was 1956 valedictorian of her high school and was inspired by a recruiter during her college years to join the Foreign Service of the U.S. State Department. Soon after, she met fellow Foreign Service rookie William O. Weatherford, who became her husband of 53 years. They went on to serve in nine countries on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

An avid reader, Judy devoured paperback novels at such a pace she sometimes realized halfway through one that she had read it already. She tirelessly tackled new skills, becoming over the years a skillful oil painter, cake decorator, double-ledger accountant, interior decorator, needleworker and quilter. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Albuquerque, in part because the landscape reminded them of their years in Afghanistan. With typical enthusiasm Judy threw herself into volunteering. She had a long relationship with the Good Sams organization, among many other organizations. Her sharp wit, open heart and ready laugh will be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by sons, Stephen and fiancee Joy Pihid, and Gregory and wife Susann Cokal; sisters, Pat Morphis, Jackie Pickett and Penny Geasland; grandchildren, Riley, Maia, Rhys, David and Henry Weatherford, and K.C., A.J, and Mic Pihid; great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Jonah; and a host of nieces and nephews. Also mourning her passage are Margaret Sanger, Kennette Stiles Weatherford, Denise Shannon and Kaylee Cunningham, as well as many friends and acquaintances.

Her family laid her to rest beside her husband, an Air Force veteran, at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, on her birthday, Feb. 8.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 11, 2018