Judith Ann Ley

November 1, 1938 ~ March 21, 2022 (age 83)


Judy, of Gig Harbor, was born in Bremerton to Margaret (Adams) and Jack Pease .  She was predeceased by her parents and stepfather David Lesh, her husband Gerald and her son Michael. She is survived by sons Christopher (Laura), Matthew (Crystal), Daniel (Rachel), daughter Patty and her many and much-loved grandchildren.

Her father passed away her senior year in high school and she was only able to attend 2 years of college at Seattle University. There, she met her husband Jerry and they shared 56 years of marriage, faith, family and service.

Judy loved her family and her faith. A prayer was always at hand for every occasion, and she spent many, many early morning hours praying the rosary for those in her life. She loved the Roman Catholic faith she had been baptized into and sought always to live faithfully. Her greatest wish over the last few months was “to go home.” Now she has..

She served as a member of the parish council and as President of the Mothers’ Club at St. Charles Borromeo before moving to Gig Harbor. In the early 70’s she and Jerry became early founders and leaders of Human Life of Washington. Mom was asked by Kathy McEntee to help begin the March for Life in Washington. Her hope was for the day when it would no longer be necessary, but she spent one day each January delivering roses and standing with others until her health would no longer allow it. She served as a helper at Guadalupe Maternity Center for many years. Praying with and providing support to women and children needing a little help. Judy and Jerry helped begin Holy Family School (now St Nicholas Catholic School) in Gig Harbor when her grandchildren began school. Most recently she was a member of St Joseph’s parish in Tacoma.

Her family meant the world to her. Every time a grandchild of any age entered the room her eyes brightened and she smiled with joy. She prayed for our souls daily and often, even as dementia overtook her memories. She remembered to dedicate her family and many dear friends to a good and great God.

We would like to thank Chi/Franciscan Hospice and the compassionate care they provided. We would also like to thank Gina Cruz who helped care for and love her daily.

Requiem Mass:  12pm Thursday March 31 – St Joseph’s Catholic Church

                           602 S 34th St, Tacoma WA

Rosary: To precede mass at 11:30am

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