Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Judith St. John Memorial
Judith St. John Memorial

Judith St. John

Judith St. John

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Judith St. John passed away March 15, 2019 at home surrounded by family in Mount Vernon, Washington.

She was born November 28, 1939 to Harold and Flora Rector in Aurora, Illinois and graduated from Bellingham High School in 1958.

While playing tennis with a friend from high school, she had a chance encounter with the boy’s cousin, Donald St. John. Little did she know Hector had asked his cousin to come check out the girl he wanted to date. After the tennis date, Judith went home and told her mother she had met the man she was going to marry. Three years later she married Donald. They were together 58 years until Donald’s passing in 2017.

Judith worked in the healthcare sector her entire life. She held jobs as a caregiver at Skagit Valley Convalescent Center, Central supply technician at United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley, and ultimately retired from Skagit Valley Hospital as a Central supply technician in 2002.

Judith lived a full life enriched by a number of activities. She kept score for women’s softball games that Donald coached, affectionately referred to as “Mama cat.” She continued watching all her grandchildren play sports as they grew up. She and Donald loved the family dogs they had over the years and would always bring them to the games to chase balls. Judith was also an avid billiards player and outdoors enthusiast. She enjoyed crabbing at March’s Point, camping near peaceful bodies of water, road trips to eastern Washington, and day trips with the top down in the family convertible. She loved to feel the warm sun of a Washington summer.

She is survived by her four children, Debbie/Loi Caldwell, Jon/Audrey St. John, Heidi/Bob Hawkins and Aaron St. John; eight grandchildren, Stephen Caldwell, Zachary Caldwell, Holly/Sean Sherrick, Kalanit Yatrofsky, Crystal Aves, Aaron, Angela, Elizabeth and great-grandson Stephen; Sisters, Anne Jewell of Lummi Island, Sara Raintree of Coupeville and Brother, George Rector of Oak Harbor. She is predeceased by her daughter, Laura and husband, Don.

No memorial service is planned. Instead, Judy asked that people think of her when it snows. She would always marvel as the flakes descended from the heavens, pristinely covering everything they touched. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Northwest or your favorite charity.


  • Janet Lutz-Smith

    I went to High School with Judith. And, we were in a Women’s Sextet together
    She sang Alto, and I sang Second Soprano. We had many fun performances as we certainly sounded GOOD! I’m sorry I didn’t have any connection with her over
    these many passing years. But she was often in my thoughts and always in my heart. I’m so happy though that she had a fun and eventful life, with many children, grandchildren, and even Great Grandchild that she got to meet!

  • Anne B Jewell

    Judith was my baby sister, 12 years younger and a delight to play with. It is hard to think of her passing. She will always be young in my heart. My love to all of you.

  • Lindsay Reid

    I will always remember you when it snows, Judith. You and I share the wonder and delight of falling snow flakes, so this will be easy. We will miss seeing you at the club watching our tennis matches. You were like everyone’s adopted tennis mom! Even some of the staff have said this. I believe you will continue to watch Debbie’s matches from a pain-free cosmic venue. Enjoy your reunion with Don. ♥️💖

  • Toni Feller

    I will always remember Aunt Judy’s great big smile. And their wedding: the first one I remember attending. I wore a nice white blouse, blue satin-like skirt and they gave me a gardenia corsage to wear. Very uptown for this country girl. I have a later photo of her standing outside the Firs Dining Room as I threw my bouquet in ’64.

  • Cristina D’agostino

    As we are reading this beautiful homage to Miss Judi, an absolutely wonderful woman, we see how her passions have descended in her beautiful family. We will always remember her in the snowflakes and better off she will then stay pristine in our thoughts. Love Doug, Laura, Cristina, George and Elena