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Judith (Judy) Elliott-Weiss
November 2, 1946 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Judith (Judy) Elliott-Weiss, 77, a Gig Harbor resident since the early 1990s, died peacefully in the early hours of 17 December 2023 at Gig Harbor Court assisted living facility after battling multiple health issues. She was cremated on Wednesday 20 December 2023 in a private ceremony.
Judy is survived by her sister Victoria and brothers Colin and David. Victoria regarded Judy as “her best friend who was always wonderful, loving, caring, thoughtful, and supportive”.
Judy was a dual citizen of both the USA and Australia where she was born at Condobolin, NSW in 1946. After leaving high school she worked in a bank and then graduated in 1968 from Armidale Teachers College, NSW Australia with a degree in teaching. In her 6 years of teaching, she was highly respected as a devoted educator and an inspiration to her students. She resigned in 1974 to take up residence in the USA where she worked as a travel agent and then as a Personal Assistant for the owner of a construction company until the early part of this century. In the workplace, it was said that she brought a special joy and delight into everyone’s world, worked very conscientiously, and aimed to please everyone.
In 1992, Judy married Bill Weiss in Australia in a beautiful ceremony in the backyard of Colin’s home – the reception at the local sailing club was memorable indeed! Bill was the love of Judy’s life and they spent many happy times together until he sadly passed away in 2015.
Judy had rheumatic fever as a child and as a result she battled ill health for most of her life. Beginning with open heart surgery in 1976 and mitral valve replacement in 1980, she underwent several surgeries involving her mitral and tricuspid valves and in late 2020 had her second open heart operation to again replace her mitral valve. Despite the many serious medical challenges throughout her lifetime, Judy was never heard to complain about her circumstances. In fact, she continually demonstrated a determined fighting spirit and huge inner courage.
Aside from the medical challenges, Judy pursued many interests – she enjoyed playing and listening to music, gardening and loved to travel. Victoria enjoyed Judy’s visits to the San Diego area or when they would meet in Borrego Springs, CA or Lake Havasu City, AZ when Judy and Bill travelled down from Washington State to seek the warmer desert weather. David fondly recalls Judy’s 50th birthday when she and Bill met David and his wife in Maui for a week-long celebration!
Judy loved her family (she spent many hours researching her family history) and always looked forward to visiting them in Australia when possible. She took a very keen interest in family members, particularly with her nieces and nephews – her funny sayings always brought a smile to her nephew Jonathan (she was also Godmother to Jonathan, her niece Carrie, and her nephew David).
Judy was a very authentic person with a quick wit, an engaging smile, and a sharp sense of humor. She was kind, generous, compassionate, and fun-loving but could also be strong-willed, assertive and resilient when necessary.
Judy loved hummingbirds (and champagne!) and every time we see a hummingbird or have a sip of bubbly we will be reminded of her.
We are so grateful for the time, laughter and love she shared with us, and we take great comfort in knowing that Judy is now free of pain and at peace. We will always love her and she will be in our thoughts and prayers forever.