Judy Kay Bowen, a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to helping others, has peacefully passed away on October 7, 2023, in Casper, Wyoming surrounded by her family. Born on June 24, 1946, in Sacramento, California to Bob and Lois (Haldeman) Addicott, Judy's vibrant spirit and unwavering kindness brought light into the lives of everyone she encountered.
Growing up in Palo Alto, California, Judy flourished in an environment that celebrated knowledge and the great outdoors. Her parents were dedicated educators who instilled a love for learning within her. Even as a child, Judy was fascinated by nature and delighted in the wonders of bugs and snakes. She graduated from Cubberley High School in 1964.
From a young age, Judy's passion for making a positive impact led her to pursue higher education. She attended Pacific Lutheran University and earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 1968. This set the foundation for a career that allowed her to touch countless lives and make lasting contributions to her community. While studying at the University, She met Chuck Bowen on a blind date and 4 months later were married, on January 28, 1968—just before earning her college degree.
Judy's love for travel and adventure took her on incredible journeys throughout her life. Newly married, she embarked on a memorable trip to Europe with Chuck, her beloved partner. They also spent one summer traversing all 48 states, creating cherished memories camping across the country. The couple shared a deep connection with the outdoors and enjoyed backpacking expeditions, particularly in the stunning Beartooth mountains—a place they held dear to their hearts.
Judy encompassed everything it meant to be a nurturing mother and dedicated homemaker. Her devotion to her family was unparalleled as she lovingly cared for them with every ounce of her being. From freezing vegetables and preserving food through canning to sewing clothes for her daughter's dolls, Judy's creativity knew no bounds. Holidays were transformed into extraordinary events under her diligent touch, and her culinary skills graced the family with delicious homemade meals.
In addition to her remarkable homemaking abilities, Judy possessed a warm and generous heart. Her enthusiasm for baking extended beyond her family, as she would diligently prepare cookies from her mother's cherished recipes during Christmas. These sweet treats became a token of love, which she happily shared with neighbors, friends, and anyone fortunate enough to experience the joy of her creations.
Retirement opened new horizons for Judy as she channeled her creativity and designed her dream home in Washington. For eight years, she reveled in its beauty and tranquility until her health declined. Judy faced adversity with unwavering strength and grace.
Throughout her journey, Judy found immense joy in the presence of her husband of 55 years, Chuck, and their two loving daughters, Dawn (Brandon) Craddock and Lara (Steve) Angell of Tacoma, Washington. Her six adored grandchildren, Mario, Marc, Joshua, and Jacob Feraud, and Benjamin, and Charlie Angell brought endless delight into her life. She delighted in showing them all her favorite beaches and mountains—passing on beloved traditions that will live on as cherished memories.
Judy's legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. She leaves behind a sister, Sally (Greg) McKelvey of Tuscan, Arizona; two nieces, Tanya and Rhonda McKelvey; as well as countless lives she impacted through her selflessness.
As we bid farewell to Judy Kay Bowen's earthly presence today, let us remember her kind spirit, unwavering love for others, and boundless zest for life. Her memory will continue to inspire us all to cherish our loved ones and make a positive difference in the world around us.
May Judy rest in eternal peace as a guiding light in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held a later date in December.
Memorial donations in her name may be made to Wyoming Dementia Care or Central Wyoming Hospice.