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Judith Heinlen

April 18, 1942—Oct. 8, 2019

Judith Ann Heinlen, age 77, passed away at home Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, of natural causes in Kelso.

She was born April 18, 1942, in Longview, WA, to Clarence Riley Mellein and Edith Marie Mellein Nee Jackson. She was the oldest of two children, with a younger brother. She graduated from R.A. Long in 1960. She married Donald Aasen May 12, 1961, in Vancouver and raised four children. She was a Cowlitz County Corrections Officer from 1981 to 1999. In May of 1989, she married her life partner and best friend, Jess Clifford Heinlen. They made their home in Silver Lake until after his passing in 2012. She found great joy in everything, especially with her family. She was a voracious reader and loved to travel with family and friends.

Judy is survived by her brother John Mellein (Betty); her children Joe Aasen, Joey Heinlen (Corina), Jeff Aasen, Jeff Heinlen (Angela), Janet Ringbom, and Jen Duenhoelter (Uwe); her grandchildren Anne (Jan), Joey, Ashley (Seth), Mallory (Tyler), Miranda, Mariah, Jake, Forrest (Courtney), Megan, Robbie, Christian, Tyler (Raelyn), Katie, Mason, Avery, Courtney and Eleanor; and great-grandchildren Jackson, Melanie, Benjamin, Robin, Sophie and Hannah. Toni Fugleberg was her 58+ year best friend. She was “Grandma Judy” and “Aunt Judy” to everyone.

There will be a reception at the Silver Lake Grange on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held at Customer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, TX, on December 27, 2019, with the Rev. Dr Kory Knott officiating. Interment will take place in Silver Lake Cemetery and the Custer Road Columbarium.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Longview Public Library.

Home is where your memories are. It is where your secrets are kept. Home is where you’re happiest. Yet home is where you’ve wept.

Home is where your parents live. It’s where you were raised. Home is where you’ve been scolded most yet home is where you’re praised.

Home is where you make it. It’s where you believe the myth, that home is where you’re happy just to love the ones you are with.

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