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Judith L. Hooper

August 20, 1941 February 3, 2018
Judith L. Hooper
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Judith L. (Puhn) Hooper 08/1941-02/03/2018 Judith left us years too soon, taking her talent with her. She lost her five year long battle with metastatic ovarian cancer on February 3rd, but passed away at home with family and friends at her side. Originally born in New Jersey, Judy and her brother, Fred Puhn, were brought to San Diego County by her mom, Olga Puhn, when her father, Herman, was stationed there during WWII. They settled down in the tiny town of Lakeside, buying several acres of land on a hilltop covered with avocado trees and built their own home. From an early age, Judy’s love was horses. As a teenager, her life revolved around her horse, weekend horse shows, barrel racing and rodeos. She was really good at horseback riding, filling her walls with winning trophies and ribbons from the Tumbleweed Riding Club. She also played polo at the local polo club in Lakeside. Judy was very artistic, painting in water color, pen and ink, and making commercial signs for local businesses. Judy graduated from Grossmont High School in 1959 and married Claude “Cal” Lynch the same year, with her daughter Dee Ann being born in 1961. They stayed in Lakeside and Judy continued riding. Dee was practically born in the saddle and took after her mom. Judy joined the Rock ‘n Ride drill team, a group of fearless ladies who would perform horseback at rodeos and other events. She loved being part of the drill team and rode with them for many years. After the brief marriage with Cal, she married Don Johnson and they stayed in Lakeside. Judy’s father was an upholsterer, and he taught her the specialized craft of hand-guided machine quilting… the type used for upholstered furniture and custom-made designer bedspreads. After a very short time, she had her own business. Judy continued running her quilting business from 1963 to 2017.. She had a workroom/showroom on El Cajon Blvd. in east San Diego for many years. For Judy to be self-employed her whole life is a testament to her talent with thread and business! This was a long time before the patchwork quilting craze hit mainstream. After Judy and Don parted ways, she met Warren Hooper. They married in Reno, Nevada in 1978 and spent time traveling in their pickup truck/camper rig. Warren’s family had several large commercial chicken ranches in east San Diego County. He started his own business by composting the chicken manure and selling fertilizer to golf courses and other businesses. Judy attended Grossmont College, taking one or two classes each semester, graduating with an Associate of Science degree. Judy was an active member of the Lakeside Historical Society and some of the huge archival quilts she made for them still hang proudly on the walls. Warren and Judy bought a lot of cattle and raised them on lease land until grown. It was always fun to drive out to the ranch into an empty field, honk the horn and wait a few minutes. Soon the truck would be surrounded by cattle from out of nowhere, licking the windows and steaming up the mirrors like big puppies wanting to crawl into your lap. Big puppies! Judy and Warren wanted more space and felt that their little town was getting too big and too crowded. They decided to move north around 1989 and after a few years in the Lincoln-Rocklin area of Sacramento, they moved to up the mountain to Auburn. Judy moved her quilting business every time they moved, this time into her home. She worked with the local quilting groups and created many beautiful patchwork and appliqué works of art. She continued taking one class each semester at the local college and eventually earned her Bachelor’s degree. Judy joined the Placer Camera Club and the Gold Rush Chapter of the Photographic Society of America. She built a darkroom in a closet, printing her own pictures. She took spectacular black and white photos and won awards at photography competitions, including the Placer County Fair. Judy eventually moved into color digital photography, winning more awards. Judy loved to travel. Aside from the many places here in the US, she went to Australia via Fiji, Great Britain several times to see cousins, Scotland and Ireland, Europe by land and by river boat cruise, several trips to Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Alaska. Judy took her daughter and mother to visit her sister Terry in Oaxaca, Mexico. There was no place that she didn’t want to see… of course, always with camera in hand. She will be deeply missed by her many close friends and family. She is survived by her daughter, Dee Kane; her sister, Terry Clark; her brother, Fred Puhn and all their children. There will be a celebration of Judy’s life on Saint Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the community center of the Woodside Village Mobile Home Park, at 12155 Luther Road. Please CARPOOL, as there is limited parking space.

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11:00 AM 3/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
Woodside Village Mobile Home Park Community Center

12155 Luther Road
Auburn, CA 95603


Woodside Village Mobile Home Park Community Center
12155 Luther Road Auburn 95603 CA
United States

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