Judith 'Judy' Coffelt


Judy Colfelt with her husband Amos who proceeded her in death.
Judy Colfelt with her husband Amos who proceeded her in death.

Judith (Judy) Coffelt (Lovejoy), of Fletcher Mountain (Molson), Washington passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the age of 79. Judy was born on November 20th, 1935 in Tacoma, Wash. to her parents Dagny Lovejoy (Pederson) and Leon Lovejoy. She was the youngest of five children.

Judy graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in education. She worked as a teacher in many of the places she lived around the world, and always did so with dedication and humor.

She married her best friend, Amos Edgar Coffelt, on June 25, 1960. Together, Amos and Judy embodied the spirit of adventure. They traveled and lived all over the world with their five children in tow. What seemed like the ends of the Earth to some, were the places they lovingly called home; including Pohnpei, Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia and innumerable places in between. They finally settled in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington over 20 years ago.

Judy was happiest surrounded by plants, flowers, her many animals, and her family. She was deeply connected to the earth and could make anything grow and flourish. She was a gifted writer and amused everyone with her colorful recollections and stories. She was an artist in every sense of the word. Whether she was creating art on a canvas, in her garden, kitchen, through her writing, sewing or storytelling – she did it all with a style that was uniquely hers.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Amos (Edgar) Coffelt and her four siblings: Anne Tveter (Lovejoy), James Lovejoy, Jean Smith (Lovejoy), Marion Hoober (Lovejoy).

Judy is survived by her five children: Anna Coffelt-Kuetzing of Friday Harbor, Wash.; John Coffelt of Molson, Wash.; Silvie Coffelt-Hilstad of Molson, Wash.; Jake Coffelt of South Kona, Hawaii; and Hannah Coffelt-Hollett of Gig Harbor, Wash. She is also survived by her three son-in-laws who meant the world to her and she considered her own sons; Karl Kuetzing (Anna); Dave Hilstad (Silvie); and Scott Hollett (Hannah), and her six grandchildren; Conner Coffelt-Kuetzing, Kylie Coffelt-Richardson, Madaline Coffelt-Richardson, Sandra Hilstad, Max Hollett, and Olivia Hollett. Her grandkids were a source of much joy and love for Lala Judy. She was so proud of them and loved to talk about their many accomplishments. Judy is also survived by in-laws, and many nieces and nephews who loved her as much as she loved them. She will be missed by everyone who had the joy of knowing her. Plant something beautiful in her memory.

A memorial service is planned for June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Chesaw Community Center. Please check Hilltop Comments for additional information.