Judy was born to Clarinda Fae and George William Roark in Guthrie, Okla. It was the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II. Her parents lived with her maternal grandparents, Iadore and Viola Stone, who raised Judy. Her grandfather was a pharmacist and owned Stone’s Drug Store in Guthrie. Within a couple of years, they sold the store and their home, moving to Faiberry, Neb., as George had found a job in a nylon factory. A year later, he could see he was going to be drafted and joined the Army. The family packed up again and moved to Oklahoma City because they had relatives there. She was married to Ralph Colton for 21 years. They lived in Venezuela and Germany before moving to Boise in 1962. Judy moved to Lewiston in 1969. She served as President of the Lewiston-Clarkston Newcomer’s Club. She taught Goren’s Bridge for the Newcomers and also the YWCA. She obtained her real estate salesman’s license in 1971 and later her broker’s license. She also served on the Lewiston Planning and Zoning Commission. Judy married Gene Thiessen of Asotin on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25th) 1978, moving to Thiessen Ranch up Asotin Creek. She took to the ranch life and loved the cows, planted a big garden, cooked for the branding crews and the Apple Dumpling Gang. She also owned and operated Judy Thiessen Appraisals A.K.A., Asotin County Appraisal, for 28 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, daughter Bonny Lee Colton and her good old stepdaddy E.S. Wagoner, who owned a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. She is survived by husband Gene Thiessen, daughter Cathy Colton, son Dan Thiessen; also her brothers Bill and Chuck Roark, sisters Sallie Roark and Peggy Silver; Bonny’s children McKinzie Turner, Colton Therrian, Molly Peppler and Murphy Therrian; Cathy’s son Seth Blankenship and two great-grandsons. Judy had a wonderful life, a loving family and good friends. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh Street, Clarkston.

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