August 7, 1943 – January 1, 2010
Judy (Mullen Gianotti) Spaulding, of Kennewick, WA passed away Friday, January 1, 2009 after a seven year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Judy answered a higher calling with her four children, sister,brother in-law, and husband by her side as she drew her last breath.
Born in Yakima, WA, August 7, 1943, to John Russell and Helen Mullen, she had three older siblings Jim, Colleen, Jill and a younger brother, John. Judy graduated from Davis High School in 1961 and shortly after moved to San Jose, California to live with her older brother Jim Mullen. There she met and married Wayne Gianotti. They had three children together, a son, Mark (1963) and two daughters, Kimberly (1964) and Kerynn (1969). For Judy, raising her children and making her house a home, was her passion.
In 1975, following the dissolution of her marriage, Judy loaded her lime green Chevy Camero with the three children and Bella the dog moving to Ellensburg, Washington to be near her best friend and older sister, Jill Rabanal.
It was in Ellensburg that Judy met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Spaulding. In Bob’s words, "when our eyes met she stole my heart causing it to flip each time there after". He thought she was beautiful from the moment they met and the fact that there were three kids only made him love her more because he had always wanted a big family. Judy married Bob in 1978 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and soon after they moved their instant family to Walla Walla, Washington where they were blessed with a third daughter, Sara.
Moving was an adventure for Judy with a "go for it" attitude following Bob’s career next to Bellingham, Washington and then Glendale, Arizona.
Judy was exceptionally creative and had an eye for color from the time she was a child. At the age of 43, following her passion for color and design, Judy enrolled in the American School of Interior Design in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Receiving her degree in 1986 Judy transformed many homes and businesses into beautiful places.
The next move was to San Diego, California, where Judy’s passion for lighting was ignited. She learned the industry and became a skilled lighting designer, thus, when life took them to Kennewick, Washington, The Lighting Company was born. Today over 12,000 homes, numerous businesses and hotels in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Mexico, display Judy’s flare and talent. Judy’s presence, skill and humor defined the business. Judy and Bob sold The Lighting Company in 2004 so they could share their remaining time together.
Judy loved sailing the islands, ski trips, any kind of family gathering, and of course, shopping. In her sickness as in health she taught us the importance of love and family always bringing beauty and laughter to every setting. Judy is survived by her loving husband, Bob; her son, Mark Gianotti; her daughter; Kim Gianotti-Keltto and son-in-law Brad Keltto; her daughter, Kerynn Gianotti; her daughter, Sara Spaulding-Gavin; her sister Jill Rabanal and brother-in-law Larry Rabanal; her brother, Jim Mullen; her grandchildren, Jessica Gianotti,
Nichole Keltto, Dakota Keltto, Dani Gavin, and Abby JudeGavin. Plus many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that were very important to her. She was preceded in death by her parents John Russell Mullen and Helen Mullen Sonnenberg, her younger brother John Mullen and her older sister Colleen Skinner.
A memorial service to share stories and celebrate Judy’s life will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 23, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 West Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick, Washington. All are welcome to partake in this tribute to Judy. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (Inland N.W. Chapter) 910 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 256, Spokane, WA 99204.