1928 - 2012
Margaret “Marge” (Hunter) Judy, loving mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 30, 2012, at the age of 84 from complications due to dementia.
Born in Portland on May 28, 1928, Marge was the fifth of seven children for William and Gladys Hunter. Marge attended schools in Metzger, Ore., until the family moved to Walla Walla during World War II when her father worked as an electrician on the Hanford project.
Growing up in Walla Walla, Marge lived in a house across the street from Pioneer Park. She worked through high school as a cashier at the Liberty Theatre and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1946. Shortly after graduation she became the secretary to the Wa-Hi principal for the next three years.
Marge began dating Wayne Fondahn during the summer before his senior year at Washington State College. They became engaged during that winter and were married the day after Wayne’s graduation from WSC in 1949. Their first home together was in Pomeroy, where Marge worked as secretary for the national president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Her first son, Dean, was born in Pomeroy in 1950. In 1951, the family moved to Walla Walla and Marge worked as a secretary in an office shared by an attorney and an accountant.
Marge became a full-time homemaker in 1954 following the birth of Dick, her second son.
Marge was dedicated to community service. A highly organized woman, Marge served the community multiple times as PTA secretary and Cub Scout den mother. Marge also enjoyed community service as a member of the Walla Walla Junior Club, where she served as the club secretary, which was followed by many years of volunteer work at blood drives and clothing shelters. Marge also served as president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a national non-academic sorority for educational and cultural development with emphasis on leadership. Marge returned to work as a receptionist for Dr. Beck and Dr. Roser and greatly enjoyed working with them and their patients. She also found time for community service as a division chairwoman for United Way of Walla Walla County. In 1969, Marge’s working career came to an end with the discovery of a malignant brain tumor. She held a deep gratitude to the doctors at the Oregon Health & Science University for their aggressive treatment of the disease and to her friends and family for their support during her long recovery.
After living two years in Portland, Marge moved back to Walla Walla in 1975 to marry Howard Judy. They enjoyed traveling in the Northwest, visiting children and grandchildren, playing bingo and dancing at the Walla Walla Elks Club. Howard passed away in 1979, at only 58 years.
Marge continued to enjoy dining out with friends and playing bingo at several local bingo halls. She and Bob Bailey became close friends and they enjoyed card games, bingo and following the Mariners and Seahawks. Throughout her life, Marge had a gift for understanding people and she felt called to speak out for people who needed help and a friend. She was especially compassionate about children in abusive homes and tried to help whenever possible.
Marge is survived by her sons, Dr. Dean (Cindi) Fondahn of Sterling, Ill., and Dick (Maria) Fondahn of Walla Walla; one granddaughter, Dr. Emily (Andy) Rowe of St. Louis; and three grandsons, Paul Fondahn, Joe Fondahn and Michael Fondahn, all of Seattle; two step-daughters, Donna (Dean) Judy Banner and Bonnie (Buzz) Judy Zimmerman; a brother, George Hunter; and sisters, Rose (Charles) Horne and Helen Boylan; and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Judy; brother, Bill Hunter; and sisters, Eleanor Yohn and Lucile George.
Pastor John Murphy provided a grave side service for family members on Sept. 4, 2012, at Blue Mountain Memorial Garden in College Place.