Judy Anne Johnson-Wise
November 23,1937 - December 12,2019
Obituary for Judy Anne Johnson-Wise
Judy A. Johnson-Wise of Kent, WA passed away at Swedish Hospital on December 12, 2019 at the age of 82. Judy was born in 1937, the daughter of the late Francis “Lucky” Johnson and Althea (Newton) Johnson, and grew up in Seattle.
Judy began her adult life as a stewardess before marrying and starting a family. She was an amazing multitasker, starting college with two young children at home. She eventually graduated with her masters in nursing. She was a Major in the Army Reserve Nurse Corps, in addition to being a head nurse for many years at Harborview Medical Center before trying a new adventure abroad in Saudi Arabia. In Riyadh, she worked as the associate nursing director of two different hospitals over five years and survived all of Desert Storm. While there, after trekking in Nepal, she met and married retired Navy Captain Stephen Wise in Dubai and they traveled extensively together, including the Seychelle Islands, before settling down in Seattle.
Back in Seattle, she became a Professor Emeritus at Highline CC, while working as a nurse practitioner and handling foreign adoptions with the law degree she had earned along the way. Her favorite job was teaching and helping her students achieve their goals. Retirement left time for her favorite hobby, reading, as well as two cruises in the Caribbean and a cruise to St. Petersburg and the British Isles.
She especially loved her grandchildren, bringing them gifts from afar and recruiting the young ones to sing and dance with her. They will miss her hilarious stories and wonderful laugh.
Judy is survived by her husband, Capt. Stephen Wise, USN, Ret.; children, Jennifer (Lance) Conklin; Dr. Todd (Vicky) LaRock; four grandchildren; three siblings, and a step-daughter.
Visitation and a funeral service will be held at:
Cady Cremation Services and Funeral Home
8418 S 222nd Street
Kent, WA 98031 on
Monday, December 23, 2019, at
11 AM for Visitation and
12 Noon for the Funeral Service.
Burial will be at 1:15 PM sharp at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SW 240th Street, Kent, WA, 98042.
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