Judy Huguenin 1944-2017
Judy Kay Huguenin 73, lifetime Chewelah resident passed surrounded by her loving family on June 3, 2017. Judy was born in Chewelah at St. Joseph’s hospital to Lewis Forrest (Pat) and Ruby Dixie (Ross) Davis on January 6, 1944.
Judy’s first years began at the Quarry Browns Lake with her mother, father and brother Clark Daniel Davis. It was there that many lifetime memories and friends were made. She was one of the many “quarry brats” which she was very proud of. From there the family later moved into Grandmother Sara Ann (Gentis) Davis’s home which sat behind the park. Some years later they bought a home where Judy spent her school years.
She met the love of her life Roger at age 14, and their life long love quickly developed. They were married in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho on April 3, 1965 and remained married for 52 years. In their first year of marriage they had twins, Kevin Joseph and Kristin Ann. The twins were premature and Kevin did not survive. Three years later Kay was joyously welcomed into the family.
Judy became a treasure trove of Chewelah history and resident people. Many turned to her for information about who had lived here, how people were related and facts about our little community. She will be greatly missed by all that counted on her local knowledge. Judy was an avid gardener of flowers and outdoors activities. She was a Girl Scout leader who loved camping, hiking, huckleberrying and mushroom picking. Some of the amazing dishes she made were huckleberry cream pie, potato salad, dump fruit salad, homemade bread, fresh green beans from the garden and many holiday meals. She always used her artistic talents to create special dishes that tasted as wonderful as they were plated. The turtle pancakes she made, especially for her grandchildren, showcased her silly, whimsical personality to the delight of all.
Her smile and delightful laugh brightened the darkest days. Time with family always came first, even as a young child. She was always thinking of and doing for others. Her capacity of love was limitless.
Friendships from childhood lasted her entire life. There was a never ending “knock at the door,” which was always greeted by smiles, hugs and “come on ins and pull up a chair.”
Judy had spent many happy times at Black Lake at Gordon and Betty Lou LaVigne’s cabin, whether summer or winter. Her dream of owning a piece of Black Lake property came true when she and Roger were offered a piece of LaVigne’s property. The family was able to enjoy many great memories and that legacy will continue for generations.
Judy was the Grandmother of six beautiful granddaughters, Bryn, Karinne, Taylor and Eilish daughters of Todd and Kristin Smith, and Kayla and Kara daughters of Doug and Kay Dawson. To witness the pure joy they brought to Grammy was the light and delight of unquestionable love. From their births and each new step they each took forward on life’s journey, Grammy was there to encourage, consul and just plain glow at their success. She was born to be Grammy. So when this girl dominated family, welcomed not one but two, healthy rambunctious little boys Nolan and Caliber, well Judy and Roger were over the moon in love. It was quite the eye opener to immediately notice the extra energy these little guys brought, but Judy jumped right in oohing and ahhing the beautiful bugs they gifted her. She could be seen out in the driveway riding tricycles or showing them how to plant a seed. Those two little munchkins added an extra bounce to Grammy’s step. Judy and Roger always had dogs. Their four legged family members were as lavished with love as the rest of the family. Many friends and strangers were greeted by Whiskey Jack, who was the greeter at the Chewelah Liquor Store, which she owned and operated for 25 years. This mini schnauzer loved to meet and greet. When little whiskey’s old age caught up to him they mourned his passing. Eventually they welcomed a new puppy, Whiskers and feline Puddy cat, Kink, Stink and Barney, young kittens who just showed up. Judy’s life was not complete without her four legged friends since the first cat named Fuzzy Britches.
It would be amiss if her love for everything Irish was not mentioned, whether it was shamrocks, bagpipes, the color green or to hoist a few in the old days. Judy was able to fulfill her life long dream and travel to Ireland with friends. She kissed the Blarney Stone, marveled at the natural growing fuchsia, and witnessed the warmth of the people while sharing it all with her beloved girl friends. Judy was born with a weakened heart. But that heart was kept beating by the love she gave and received in return for 73 years. She was blessed with miracles her entire life. Her strength… no toughness in that tiny little body, was a gift she has passed on to her grand babies. All her nephews, nieces, cousins and friends have funny touching memories to carry them through life, and now she lives within them and finally she has a healed heart. When we all meet again, I will look for a young girl with shamrocks woven in her braids, a field of wild trillions and over hanging fuchsia.
She is survived by her loving husband Roger, daughter Kristin and son-in-law Todd, their family Bryn(Caleb) and sons Nolan & Caliber, Karinne (Tanner), Taylor and Eilish. Daughter Kay and son-in-law Doug and daughters Kayla and Kara. Sister Kelly Abrahamson and numerous nieces and nephews. Judy was preceded in death by her father, Forrest “Pat” Davis, mother Ruby Dixie Davis, and son Kevin Joseph Huguenin, and brother Clark Daniel Davis.
The Memorial Service will start at 11:00 am, Friday June 30th behind St. Mary’s of the Rosary Church in Chewelah, WA.
Memorial contributions may be made to Becky Washington for dog rescue (Becky’s Best Buddies) or Stevens County Cat Care.
Please visit www.danekasfuneralchapel.com and sign the online memorial.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with all the arrangements.