Kenai resident Judy Humphrey died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 58.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the American Legion in Kenai with a reception and celebration of life to follow. Her ashes will be spread in Cook Inlet.
Mrs. Humphrey was born May 24, 1949, in Starnberg, Germany. Her father owned a plumbing business, which the family still retains. Judy worked for the U.S. government in Germany and came to the United States as a young bride. She resided in California and worked as a medical transcriptionist until she moved to Alaska in the mid 1980s.
"Judy was a great cook and baker. She also was very skilled at needlework and crafts and loved to read about history. Her talent as a journalist was evident in her witty letters to the editor and the many journals she kept about her personal life and adventures," her family said. "In her last few years, Judy discovered a love of gold mining. She and her companion, Roy Duncan, spent many wonderful summers at Mills Creek pursuing this passion. Judy was loved by all and leaves behind many dear friends, neighbors and relatives. She touched everyone's life that she met with her gentle ways and 'Judy logic.'"
She was an active member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge in Kenai. In addition, she devoted many summers to caring for the gardens in the city of Kenai.
Judy is survived by her father and mother, Josef and Judith Pfister of Starnberg, Germany; sisters, Brigitte Pfister-Tintelott of Niddatal, Germany and Gudrun Pfister of Starnberg, Germany; and brothers, Joseph Pfister and Florian Pfister of Starnberg Germany.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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