Judith (Judy) Marie Lokteff passed away at the age of 78 in her home in Spirit Lake, Idaho on the evening of September 14th, 2021. She suffered from dementia for several years before it eventually took her.
Judy is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years Walter Michael Lokteff, her son David Lokteff, daughter Michelle Alexander, Grandson Michael Lokteff, Grandson Daniel Alexander Granddaughter Nell Lokteff, Granddaughter Heather Stevens, and lastly Granddaughter Jenelle Chapman, who cared for her up to her last moments. She is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren.
Judy was born June 17th 1943 in the city of Aberdeen. Her family later moved to Sacramento California where she would eventually meet Walter. Walt still tells the story of when he first saw Judy. They were in the second grade and she came to visit her grandmother for Easter Sunday. He peered through the fence and saw her in her Sunday dress and thought she was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Walt and Judy Married in 1960. Judy worked for the local Title company while Walt opened and ran a jewelry store. In the early 80s they decided to leave the big city life, so they sold the jewelry store and bought a 130 acre property in Kendrick, Idaho, where they built their own home. They lived many happy years there before deciding to sell the very secluded property.
Judy was an accomplished painter and sold several pieces of her art over the years. She also enjoyed gardening. She would spend hours tending the garden in the cool of the day and painting in the heat of it. She was also a phenomenal cook and baker. Judy could make even a tuna sandwich taste gourmet. One of Judy’s favorite hobbies was fishing. Her and Walt spent many an hour trolling for trout and of course she always caught the biggest fish!
Her sense of humor was unmatched. Although she was painfully shy, once she warmed up to you the laughs were endless. She was making jokes up to the very end even when no one understood them; we knew it was still funny. The best example of her style of humor was when she went to their property in the middle of nowhere with her girlfriend and told her to get out in the dark and open the gate. Her friend was too scared to get out in the dark so Judy asked her friend to hand her the gun in the glove box. Her friend cautiously handed over the gun, Judy then pointed it at her friend and said “Now get out and open the gate”. Everyone still roars with laughter over it.
Judy was a lot of things; a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, an artist, an angler, a chef, a comedian but above all she was a child of God. She is now resting peacefully with the Heavenly Father.