Judy Zumwalt passed peacefully surrounded by her family on July 23, 2021 in Spokane, Washington. She was born as the first of five children in McMinnville, Oregon on July 6, 1943 to Edith and Kennith Sitton. Judy was part of a true pioneer family who were original settlers to McMinnville. She grew up on a farm riding tractors and horses and probably gained her tenacious attitude by keeping her brothers in line from the very beginning. Judy attended McMinnville High and won awards for playing basketball, graduating in 1961. She then attended Oregon State University studying journalism, but found a career in finance.
She met the love of her life, Warren in 1967, left her bowling team and had a whirlwind courtship. They married in April 1967 after only dating three months and celebrated their 54th anniversary this year. They moved to Spokane, Washington in 1970 to start their family. Judy continued her career in mortgage and finance becoming the finance manager at Rainier Mortgage where she managed her own office. She retired in 2005 working inside sales from Multi-Fab. She had many “self-taught careers” as well. She educated herself on asthma when her youngest daughter was diagnosed and taught the doctors how to treat her, saving her life on more than one occasion. She helped so many through legal challenges they had, therefore educating herself to be a lawyer. She was an accountant and financial advisor to whoever needed her help. If anyone had a hard time reaching Judy you knew she was likely at the casino.
She really had fun on the slot machines, even if they weren’t good to her. She taught her grandchildren how to play poker as soon as they could hold cards and had a soul connection with cats and horses. She had a selfless spirit and would help anyone in need and ask for nothing in return. Judy and Warren shared a passion for hot rods and spent many years on the classic show car circuit winning multiple awards and making lifelong friends.
She is survived by her loving husband Warren (Sandy), daughters Stacie and her husband Todd Schmidt and Stephanie Zumwalt and her partner Greg Hopkins; grandchildren, Ashton and her husband Logan Avery, Hannah Schmidt, Jack Livingston and his partner Maddie Hassett, Hunter Hopkins, Gabrielle Schmidt and Gavin Knop as well as her two great-grandchildren Macey and Dustin Dannatt; her brother Ron and wife Linda Sitton, their children Nate and Rochelle Sitton and Ryan and Deneen Sitton, and brothers Jim Sitton and Jerry Sitton.
She is preceded in death by her brother Rodney Sitton and her parents Edith and Kennith Sitton.
A funeral service will be held in Spokane, Washington, Friday July 30, 2021 at 10 AM at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home, 1315 N. Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, followed by a gathering for a celebration of life at Valley Mission Park 1123 E Mission Ave, Spokane Valley.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at McBride Cemetery in Carlton, Oregon. Following the graveside service, there will be a gathering with family and friends nearby. The location will be announced at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please visit your nearest casino and play a slot machine and holler this is for Judy!
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July 30, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Hennessey Valley Funeral Home
1315 N Pines Road
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
August 7, 2021
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
NW Stout Rd
Carlton, OR 97111
August 7, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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