Judith Vine Clark – Obituary
“Judy” was born September 26, 1941, in Royal Oak, MI. She lived most of her life in Alexandria, VA. She died January 1, 2022, at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, with her son, daughter-in-law, and three youngest grandchildren by her side.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Vine, her mother Elise “Jan” (Byers) Kyger, and Jan’s husband, Marvin Kyger. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Jenny Rockwell of Madison, WI, her brother Raymond Vine, Jr (Lee), her brother Mike Vine (Carolyn), her ten grandchildren: Annah (Justin) Bartz, Tim (Brittany) Rockwell, Jordan (Michelle) Rockwell, Dylan (Alese) Rockwell, Emily (Luke) Pallo, Austin, Ryan, Megan, Ethan, and Ella Rockwell, her two great-grandchildren Timothy Wayne Rockwell III (“Tripp”) and Jessica Layna Rockwell, one great granddaughter on the way- Dallas Rose Rockwell, her nephews Ray (Suzanne) Vine, Tim Vine, Mike (Chrissy) Vine, Jr, and nieces Michelle (Jason) Nault, and Amy (Max) Woodson, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.
Judy graduated in 1959 from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, MI. She wanted to enlist in the Army, but her eyesight prevented her from doing so. She had a distinguished career at the Pentagon as a Security Specialist for the Department of Defense, reaching Level GS-12 and retiring in March 1997. She was thankful and proud for the opportunity she had to serve our country in the way she did.
She was a longtime resident of The Fountains, a high-rise condo community. She made many friends there and worked at the front desk on weekends. For much of her adult life, she attended Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, and called into the Sunday services through Zoom during the pandemic. She was also deeply grateful for dear friends who provided transportation and cared for her over the years, Jean, Sandy, Kathy, Kris, and Steve to name a few.
Her hobbies included word finds, watching game show network, playing in her church’s handbell choir, listening to country music, playing Yahtzee!, caring for her Siamese cats, and volunteering at the animal shelter. She also played the piano quite well. One of Judy’s favorite places to be was on the bench in Ray and Lee’s back yard in McHenry, IL, inches away from the Fox River.
A special moment in Judy’s life came in August 1986, when she was reunited with her son, Wayne, after giving him up for adoption 20 years earlier. She was deeply grateful to Bob and Bea Rockwell for rearing her son. She became an important part of Wayne and Jenny’s family. She adored her grandchildren, was present at every special event, and was so proud of them.
It was important to Judy for her family and friends to know she cared about them. She regularly expressed her love through sending greeting cards, mainly at birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. For years, she wrote an annual Christmas letter. It was also important for her to be present at the special moments in the lives of those she loved, from 8th grade, high school, and college graduations to weddings and retirement parties.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA, at 11:00am, with a visitation prior to the service at 10:00am.
Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, VA.
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Arlington Animal Welfare League
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington VA 22206