Judith 'Judy' Jean Stearns
Judith Jean "Judy" Stearns (78), a longtime resident of Wilsonville, Oregon, lost her battle with cancer on December 9, 2021. Judy left this world with the same iron-will, strength and acceptance with which she lived her life.
Judy leaves behind her loving husband of 58 years, Robert F. "Bob" Stearns, and her cat whom she calls "Kitty Cat". She is survived by son, Nick Stearns, daughter, Chris King; Stepson, Bob Stearns, Stepdaughter, Janet Kennedy; and grandchildren, Frank Stearns, Blake Stearns, Michael Henn, Jessica Henn, Jeremy Bryan, and Kyleigh Bryan. Judy is also survived by her sisters, Nancy Low and Carol Donelson; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and others. Preceding her in death were her brother, Terry Edwards, and both of her parents.
Born Judith Jean Edwards to Howard "Pete" Edwards and Cleone Edwards on May 31, 1943, she was raised in Condon, Oregon. She moved to Idaho after graduating from Condon High School with the Class of 1961. Upon graduating from Links School of Business in Boise, Judy went on to work at the Boise Chamber of Commerce. It was in Boise that she met and married Bob. Together they settled in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where they raised their family and built their business--Judy worked with Bob as his Executive Assistant for over 20 years. They spent several years as full-time RVers, traveling the country and making numerous friends before retiring in Wilsonville.
Known for her unpretentious nature, Judy also had a marvelous sense of adventure and a fun spirit. Friends will tell you about the great times they had with Judy over the years and how they loved her. She was always the same person no matter who she was with--always true to herself without a bit of phoniness. Like the color red that she favored, Judy's personality can be described as powerful, defiant, strong, and assertive. She was loyal and dependable. Her kindness and love were felt through her many thoughtful gestures.
You cannot think of Judy without remembering her love for dogs and cats and how she spoiled them - in fact, we all wanted to come back in our next life as one of Judy's pets! She carried that forward in her giving to organizations that protect and rescue animals.
Judy will be remembered and missed dearly by everybody who knew and loved her.