Judy Patricia Clark passed away very gently and peacefully on Dec. 25, early Christmas morning, at the new Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center. Her husband, Ralph (Butch) E. Clark III was with her and holding her hand. She had been at the Senior Care Center for close to nine years with Alzheimer's disease.
Judy Clark was born in Reigate, Surrey, England, on Sept. 24, 1938 and was the only child of Ernest and May Woolgar. She loved horses and earned the highest certificate of skill from the National Pony Club as a young teen. She went on to look after horses at the South Park Estate for a wonderful family very involved with raising horses and riding.
There she became a close friend of Rosamond Orford. Together they came to travel and work in the western United States for the first time in 1962. Often they worked seasons on dude ranches and in resort communities.
Judy met Butch in Dubois, Wyo., while both were working on different nearby dude ranches. They were married in 1967 and came to Gunnison after Butch left the U.S. Air Force. In Gunnison, Judy completed a Bachelor's degree at Western. In Gunnison, she very greatly enjoyed hiking, volunteer projects, gardening, and gathering with friends. So many friends were so very kind and supportive to Judy. The Care Center provided exceptional and creative comfort and enjoyment to her.
A memorial gathering for Judy with a sharing of stories about her will be held in April near Easter. Please, if contributions are made in remembrance of Judy, she would have much appreciated those be made to organizations helping the health of clients.