Judith 'Judy''s Story
Judith "Judy" Walton Knorp, age 77, passed away at her Auburn, California, home on June 28, 2017 after a lengthy illness.
Judy was born in Niles, Michigan, and later raised in Traverse City, graduating from Traverse City Central High School in 1957. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1961, and then moved to San Francisco. She received her lifetime teaching credentials from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1966, Judy and her husband, Bill, moved to Auburn, California, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range. There she taught at Del Oro High School and later at Placer Adult School in Auburn.
During most of her life, Judy perfected the art of being a loving mother and an outstanding homemaker. She assisted numerous non-profit organizations with her accounting skills, and loved helping friends with painting and wallpapering projects. Simply stated, Judy was appreciated and loved by many, including her family and her wide circle of dear friends.
She thoroughly enjoyed all that her Auburn home offered, including its breathtaking view of the High Sierras. In 1992, Judy supervised the construction of their summer cottage located on Omena Point. Here Judy was happy, sailing with Bill on their 34 foot sailboat, socializing at the Omena Traverse Yacht Club, continuing to play tennis both for fun and competition, playing bridge, entertaining like crazy, and being close to her Traverse City family roots.
Judy is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Bill; son, Andrew Knorp, of Auburn, California; daughter, Becky (John) Van Gundy, and grandson, Hunter Van Gundy, of Kila, Montana; and siblings, L. Kent (Nancy) Walton, of Traverse City, and Becky Walton, of Birmingham, Michigan.
In Judy's memory, you may send a donation to your favorite charity, or better yet, go out to dinner and have a fun, laughter-filled evening in memory of Judy, her joyful love of life, and her million dollar smile.
A fun-packed celebration of Judy's life is planned for Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017, in Auburn, California.
Published on July 23, 2017