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Judith Elaine (Bawden) Cheeney

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Judith Elaine (Bawden) CHEENEY March 14, 1944 ~ April 1, 2012 Born at Seattle General Hospital to A. Thomas and Martha (Peterson) Bawden, Judy joined her sister, Carolyn. Brother, David, joined the family a few years later. Judy was four when she began piano. Judy also took accordion, vibraharp, and organ lessons. At 12, she began playing for church where she played piano, vibraharp, and organ. In 1957 she met the love of her life, Frank, and they married in 1960. In 1963 son, David, was born, in 1968 daughter, Cynthia, and in 1969 son, Daniel. Judy was known for family and music throughout her life. She was church organist and pianist from age 12 until a few weeks before her passing. She gave music lessons over the years and made sure her children received music lessons. She accompanied her dad, "Brother Tom", for many years, and for nine years was the "temporary" accompanist, arranger, and composer for the Premier's Quartet. In 2005 Judy was diagnosed with colon cancer. She was within six months of being declared "cancer free", when in July of 2011 she was detected with "very aggressive" uterine and ovarian cancer. Despite multiple chemotherapy treatments, she lost the battle at home on April 1, 2012. Judy is survived by her husband, Frank; two sons, David (Lynn), Daniel (Ana), and daughter, Cynthia (Don); grandchildren Dominique (Dan), Kimberly, Timothy, Stephen, Rachel, Analisa, Thomas, and Neva; great granddaughter, Ariana. Her God, her family, and her music were the thrust of her life. She lived her life as she was taught by her parents: "Live for self, live in vain. Live for others, live to gain." Judy will be missed by family and friends. A memorial service is planned at Shoreline Free Methodist Church on April 19th at 2:00 P.M. Donations can be made in her memory to "NW Family Life" or to "Sister Connection" through the church. Sign Judy's on-line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 13, 2012
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