Judith P. Clark
4/23/1925 – 3/21/2020
“Life is a Banquet”
Judy P., as she was known by her many friends and loved ones, passed on March 21, 2020 in Hood River, Oregon. She was 94 years old. Judy lived in Seattle for 65 years and moved to Hood River in 2017 to be near her family.
Judy was the foundation and the heart of her entire family. Her greatest pleasure in life was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was their biggest advocate and fan. She was always available, loving, generous, and fun to be with. Her sense of humor was constant and her unconditional love ever present. She lived life to the fullest, enjoyed every sunrise and sunset, and she passed on that passion for life to all of her kids.
Judy was born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho in 1925. She grew up on an 80-acre farm outside of Lava with her 3 brothers; Rex, Tom, and Jack. She had fond memories of her early years: skiing to school in the winter snow, swimming in the irrigation canal in the heat of summer, cloud watching with her father, and being the fastest picker of the raspberries her family farm was famous for. She often told stories about her pet pig, Fatty Arbuckle, her favorite farm pet.
After high school, where she was an honor student, drama club member, and school news reporter, she spent time in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. She studied at Ventura College and enjoyed the southern California weather and lifestyle. Eventually, she moved to Phoenix, where her love for the American Southwest took root. She loved the Saguaro cactus and the pastel skies of the desert sunsets. Even after moving to the Pacific Northwest, Judy continued to visit Arizona for many years, having a second home there, soaking up the sun and the arts scene, and visiting her many friends from the area.
Judy moved to Seattle as a newlywed in the winter of 1952. She met and married James K. Clark in Phoenix and together they moved to his home in Seattle. They began their married life in a small apartment in West Seattle, just a few blocks from Alki Beach. It took Judy a few seasons to adjust to the Seattle weather, but soon enough Seattle became her home. Her favorite days in Seattle included picnics at Alki, spring blossoms at the Seattle Japanese Garden, or ferry rides across Puget Sound where she could view the Seattle skyline, the Space Needle, the Olympic Mountains, and Mt. Rainier.
In 1956, Judy and Jim built a new home in Normandy Park with a panoramic view of Puget Sound. Judy landscaped and maintained a beautiful garden there with her favorite rhododendrons, azaleas, and dogwood trees. She loved decorating her home for Christmas and was always entertaining big groups of family and friends. Judy loved being a mother, and the home in Normandy Park is where she raised her three children; Jim, John, and Janis.
Judy was passionately involved in the arts and political scene in Seattle. For many years, she was an active member of the Seattle Art Museum Southwest Guild, the Seattle Japanese Garden, the League of Women Voters, 33rd District Democrats, Planned Parenthood, Burien YMCA, and she volunteered as a family counselor for grieving families after her husband passed away in 1979.
Judy was also a talented artist and photographer. She loved playing with pastels, ink, and watercolors and created many beautiful works of art. Many of her friends and loved ones had the great joy of receiving one of her paintings or photographs as a gift for a birthday or special occasion.
Judy was an adventurer. She loved to travel and “try new roads.” One of her greatest pleasures in life was her trip to Europe in 1981. She was accompanied by her mother, Orra. They traveled throughout Germany, the Netherlands, and France. Of course, Judy got caught up in the Paris art scene and purchased several works from the many street artists. Those paintings hung on her walls for the next 40 years. She loved looking at them every day.
Judy lived and loved to the fullest. She had many, many friends of all ages. She adored them and they adored her. She had a way of making everyone she met feel as though they were the most important person in the world. She loved well and was well loved by so many. She will be deeply missed.
Judy is survived by the loves of her life; her children, James K. Clark, Jr. and Carmen Leibbrandt, (White Salmon, WA), John T. Clark and Sheryl Clark (White Salmon, WA, and Seattle, WA), Janis O. Clark and Robert L. Jacobson (Lahaina, HI); her grandchildren, Jason and Sarah Clark (Orlando, FL), Lindsay N. Clark (Spokane, WA), Joseph K. Jacobson (Los Angeles, CA); her 3 great grandchildren, Ella Clark, Audrey Clark, and Levi Clark (all Orlando, FL), and her brother, John Levi Hendricks, Jr.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Levi Hendricks and Orra Elvira Potter; her brothers, Robert Rex Hendricks, Thomas Payne Hendricks; her husband, Al Donahue; and her husband, James K. Clark, Sr.
Celebration of life will take place in Seattle with time and date to be determined.
Donations on Judy’s behalf may be made to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Japanese Garden, Planned Parenthood, or the organization of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center, Hood River, OR.
Visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.