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Judith Ann Wright


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Judith Ann Wright Obituary
Judi Ann Wright passed away peacefully Nov. 7, 2012, at the Pioneers Home in Anchorage, at the age of 73.
Born Sept. 20, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, Judi was adopted at birth by Margaret and William Mather. She had a very close relationship with her adopted mother. She was deeply affected when her mother died, and held the memory of her mother close for her entire life.
She was a willful and rebellious child. When she was 18, she sent her mother a sympathy card for Mother's Day.
She met Everett "Pete" Casper in Des Moines. Judi came to Alaska in 1960, with Pete when business brought him to Fairbanks. She loved Alaska as soon as she arrived; she knew this was where she wanted to spend the rest of her life. They married in 1961 in Nebraska. Pete's work sent them to Alaska and on occasion Washington, Nevada and California. In 1962 her son, Chuck Casper, was born and he was the love of her life; she was always so proud of him. Pete and Judi divorced in 1971, in Anchorage, but remained friends.
She worked as a paralegal for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Roger Connor, and later for Edger Paul Boyko, a high profile attorney in the 1960s and 70s. While working for Edgar Paul Boyko, Judi met Donald Wright. They married in 1974, in Anchorage. Don and Judi built their log home on the Chena River in Fairbanks in 1976. It became the gathering place for holidays for family and friends. She was known to have 60 or 70 guests to Thanksgiving dinner. Judi was not only a gourmet cook but a master pastry chef. Her lemon meringue pies were legendary. Judi was an avid reader always thirsting for knowledge, and loved her pets.
Don and Judi consulted on land claims issues, and she wrote the initial tax code for the Venetie Indian Reservation. The tax code was challenged by the State, and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the State. Whenever her friends teased her that the tax code had been struck down, she would remind them that it had to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to be struck down. While attending a National Congress of American Indians, she attended an event at the White house where she met then President Gerald Ford.
In declining health she moved to Anchorage in 2007 to be with her son, Chuck, and daughter-in-law, Laurel. She lived with them until 2012 when she moved into the Anchorage Pioneers Home. The family wants to thank the caring and attentive staff at the Pioneer's Home for making her stay as comfortable as it could be.
She is survived by her son, Chuck, and daughter-in-law, Laurel Casper; former husbands, Pete Casper and Don Wright, many friends, and informal family.
A celebration of life will be held summer solstice 2013. To be informed of where and when, email [email protected].
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 9, 2012
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