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Julia Ann Loposer

September 27, 1931 – January 8, 2023

Julia (Judy) Loposer passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior, surrounded by her family, on January 8, 2023.

Judy was born September 27, 1931, as the oldest child of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Rank in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. She was raised alongside her sister Nancy and brother Jeff, spending summers on the New Jersey shore.

She had an early love for music and graduated from Hood College, majoring in music and library science. Hood was an all-girls school, so they would often travel to the nearby Naval Academy in Annapolis for dances. In 1954 she met a handsome naval officer, Avery (Ken) Loposer, through mutual friends. They were married on November 6, 1954, and celebrated their 61st anniversary prior to Ken's passing in 2016.

Ken's naval career lasted 27 years and included assignments to South Carolina, Florida, Connecticut, Hawaii, California, Washington, and Virginia. They welcomed Deb (John) Fuller in 1956, Dinah (John) Lindsey in 1957, Amy (Mike) Ruff in 1960, and Pete Loposer in 1963.

The life of a navy wife and mother was not always easy. Judy navigated cross country moves with four kids and miscellaneous pets on several occasions while Ken was at sea, setting up a new household every time. Christ was a constant in her life, and finding a new church and joining the choir was always a top priority.

Following Ken's retirement from the navy in 1979, they settled in Silverdale, Washington, where Judy spent many happy years as the assistant librarian in Poulsbo, WA. In 1990, they relocated to sunny Tucson, Arizona, where they spent 15 joyful years enjoying retirement life. Judy participated in hula, tap dancing, theater, and water aerobics and was an active member of her church and choir. She had a lifelong love for all animals, but especially birds. In fact, she was known to feed the birds, ignoring "please do not feed the birds" signs. In 2006, they made their final move to Walla Walla, joining three of their children in the valley. Judy embraced life in Walla Walla and was a member of the Walla Walla Chorale Singers, as well as an active participant of Christ Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir, quilted, and participated in bible study and book clubs.

Judy loved spending time with her adult children, her grandsons Clay (Alexia) and Cole (Brittany) Lindsey, and her granddaughters Emily (Jason) Sater, Natalie (Rob) Washington, and Lindsey Ruff. She also adored her five great-grandsons Aaren, Landon, Case, Cohen, and Camas.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Frederick and Grace Rank, her husband Ken, and her son Pete.

Judy lived a life of faith and served her Lord in every aspect of her life. She leaves a legacy of love and kindness, and brought a beauty to all those around her. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service in remembrance of a life well lived will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. 2nd St., Walla Walla on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 2 pm. All are welcome.

The family would like to thank Walla Walla Community Hospice for their compassionate care, as well as Pastor Joel Ley of Christ Lutheran Church for his love and support.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of these organizations or to a charity of your choosing in her name.

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