Judy Perkins, 80, of Union, passed away February 27th in her home surrounded by loved ones. Judy was born January 28th, 1939, in La Grande to Jean and Lowell Hutchinson. Her birth was followed by the births of three sisters: Patsy Hand of Eugene Oregon, Barbara Tyler of Union, and Diane Kinsley of Union. Judy lived her life in Union County. She attended school in Union and graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor's degree. Judy had two previous marriages before she married Dale Perkins on July 3rd, 1981 at the Hutchinson Ranch in Union. They were married 37 years. Judy is survived by her husband Dale and their family of children:Tracy Case Stevens and Mark of Union, Chris Posey and Amy of Monterey, California, Greg Posey of Bellingham, Washington, Lezlie Posey of Union, Leah Perkins Hagele and Chuck of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Erin Winterton of Cove, plus 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Judy was preceded in death by her mother Jean Hutchinson, her father Lowell Hutchinson, her late husband Jerry Chandler, and her brother-in-law Doug Kinsley.
Judy was always an entrepreneur. She developed several businesses in her life starting as a 15 year old traveling around Union County to teach tap dancing to area children. She created several retail stores in Union and Wallowa County and also started Heartsteps, a drug and alcohol treatment program for adults and adolescents. Judy was especially drawn to working with youth. Judy’s love of beauty, animals, nature, and her family framed her life choices; where she lived and how she spent her time. She and her husband Dale created their wilderness home in the mountains she loved. She cherished every rock, tree, plant and animal in her realm which gave her immense satisfaction and peace.
Judy was incredibly diverse in her talents and abilities. There was never a time she entertained the thought that something she wanted to do could not be done. If she couldn't figure it out and do it herself, she found someone who could.. She wanted to learn spanish so she went to Baker City for weekly classes.
She was a talented artist and painted in several mediums. She expressed her artistic skills in other ways by decorating homes, landscaping, sewing clothing for herself and her children, upholstering furniture, and much more. Creativity was a daily occurence in her life. Judy was an athlete and she rode horses from an early age. She loved both water skiing and snow skiing. She competed in local horseback riding club events such as barrel racing. She was a member of the Union County Search and Rescue with her self-trained bloodhound, Happy.
Judy passed her love of the outdoors and activities to her children. She started at an early age taking them on what she called “fun days” where they would go on adventures picking the early buttercups in the mountains and exploring the forest.
Judy will be remembered as a most amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was the matriarch of her extended family. She was cherished and respected by all.
At Judy’s request there will be no formal memorial service.
Tax-deductible donations may be made in lieu of flowers in remembrance of Judy to American Cancer Society, 1-800.227.2345 or by mail at P.O.Box 22478 Oklahoma city, OK 73123
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life.”