Judy Greear passed away peacefully Feb. 10, 2020, in her home with her best friend and companion of 35 years Bill Bethune at her side. She was born on May 12, 1943 in Ryderwood, WA, to Vernon and Marguerite (Peggy) Greear. Judy married Thomas McKune on September 1, 1961, and together they had a daughter, Deborah (Herren) McKune, and a son Thomas Jr.. Judy lived her entire life in Lewis County ever improving her job skills and responsibilities. She worked at Peerless Foods, Sherwood Forest Farms, The Daily Chronicle, and then took a clerical position at Weyerhaeuser’s Chehalis Operation. A perfect place for a logger’s daughter to work. Skills learned there allowed Judy to take a legal secretary position with the law firm of Buzzard and Tripp. From there she work at the State of Washington (SOW) Personnel Appeals Board and closed her career with the SOW Environmental Hearings Board as the planning coordinator until her retirement after 22 years in April 2008. Between all that work Judy kept busy reading, doing several designing and remodeling projects (“ah the cabin at Rimrock Lake“), gardening (“hand me the pruners“), playing competitive volleyball (member of several championship teams), playing tennis (good lob), camping esp. at Big Lake and the Metolius River (“throw another log on the fire“), mountain climbing (5 summits including Mt. St. Helens), whitewater canoeing (nearly drowning going down the Cispus River just before the construction of the Cowlitz Falls Dam - thanks Bill), enjoying family celebrations and many road trips to places as far away as Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and Ensenada, Mexico. She was always up for a project or an adventure. Judy is survived by her daughter Debbie and son Tom Jr.; two brothers, Bill Greear of Ryderwood, and Larry Greear of Ocasta; 11 grandchildren, Nichole, Tiffany, B.J., Kylie, Austin, Isabella, Malesa, Kaitlyn, Tavis, Trevor and Trinity; also 10 great grandchildren, Xander, Harper, Savannah, Jorjah, Graysen, Kimber, Kyler, Marcus, Elias, Quince. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jeanette this past October and a granddaughter Lukah. Internment to be at Little Falls Cemetery, Vader. To paraphrase her all time favorite, Elvis: “Thank you Judy, thank you very much”
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