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Judith Kay Fuller

March 3, 1939 — Sept. 4, 2018

Judith Kay Fuller, 79, of Longview died Sept. 4, 2018, at the Hospice Care Center from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

Judy was born March 3, 1939, in Kankakee, Ill., to Louis and Katherine Hildenbrand.

She earned her bachelor’s and master of arts degrees from the University of Illinois, and went on to teach high school English in Illinois and counsel mature students returning to college at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She married Donald Fuller in 1963 and the couple moved to Longview in the mid-1980s.

A 33-year resident of Longview, Judy was an assistant to the director of the Longview Public Library, and a member of the Library Board and The Friends of the Longview Library. She also belonged to the League of Women Voters, the Longview Outdoor Sculpture Garden, and the AAUW (American Association of University Women).

She began the Northwest Voices program at the local library, which for years welcomed area writers – novelists, poets and non-fiction authors—to speak at free public lectures at the library and give writing workshops coordinated with Lower Columbia College. Local writers were part of the mix, alongside the ones from Portland and Seattle. Ursula LeGuin, Sherman Alexie, Molly Gloss, Jamie Ford and Timothy Egan are just a few of the bright lights who helped grow Lower Columbia’s literary environment.

Judy loved reading, gourmet cooking and entertaining, and was an avid fan of ballet and theater in Portland. Over the years, she lovingly cared for dachshunds, and most recently, her winsome Scottish Terrier, Isabelle.

Strong, determined, bright and organized, Judy had a kind presence, and was always interested in the ideas and wellbeing of others. She also relished a good debate, and could express passionate feelings in a gracious way.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by Donald, her husband of 54 years and a retired Dean of Instruction at LCC; a sister, Chris Lewis of Shelter Island, N.Y.; a brother, John Hildenbrand of Naperville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Judy’s life is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1428 22nd Ave., in Longview.

Donations in Judy’s name may be made to the Longview Library Foundation.

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