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Judith Anne Littlefield: 1947-2018


Last updated 1/17/2019 at Noon

Judith Anne Littlefield, 71, of Edmonds, Washington, peacefully passed away from cancer on December 30, 2018. She was a wonderful mother, a generous mother figure to many, and an exceptional grandmother and great friend.

Judy was born on March 29, 1947, to the late William and Veronica Welch in Syracuse, New York, and was one of five brothers and sisters. She left home in her late teens, moving to Northern California, where she embraced her inner hippie chick.

She married Dennis Kirby “Kirby,” and they did some traveling abroad before settling down in Santa Cruz, CA. There they had two daughters, and she made many lifelong friends in the area.

In 1980, she moved to Orange County, where her love of the ocean took her to the beach as often as she could; she discovered an interest in weaving and made more lifelong friends. Judy also went back to school with a focus on bookkeeping and accounting, ultimately obtaining a job in this field at the local school district.

When she retired from the Newport Mesa Unified School District in 2011, she relocated to Edmonds to be closer to her granddaughters. Once there, she joined the regional weaving guild and also volunteered at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. She enjoyed traveling all over the Pacific Northwest, seeing friends and admiring the scenery.

Judy loved art, playing cards, the city of New Orleans, being on the water, football – specifically the Seahawks, Saints, and Patriots – vodka martinis, traveling and music, with family and friends prized above all.

She was known as Judy, Judith, Jude, Juanita, Juju, Mom and Grammy, and was renowned for her warmth and good spirits, which she maintained until the end.

She is survived by her daughter Sarena Kirby of Laguna Beach, CA, younger daughter Sarah; son-in-law Matthew; and beloved granddaughters Jasmine and Isabelle Porter of Edmonds.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Party is planned for her birthday in late March 2019. It will take place in Edmonds. Details are forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Edmonds Center for the Arts: http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/get-involved/donate-to-eca.


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