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Obituary for Bonnie Jean Judkins

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Bonnie Jean Judkins

October 30, 1933 - March 17, 2017

After a life filled with family, friends and tons of adventures our mother passed away on March 17, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Mom was born on October 30, 1933 in Blackfoot, ID to Clara Putnam Howard and Richard Howard.


Mom went to Ogden High School where she met dad, Joseph Eugene Judkins (deceased) and was married February 19, 1954 in Ogden, Utah.


Mom gave endless hours of service and had a heart full of love and acceptance for everyone especially those who are different and less fortunate.


She earned her degree in nursing from the Thomas Dee Hospital School of Nursing and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Mom has worked in several hospitals here in Utah:  The Dee, McKay-Dee, Ogden Regional, Utah Veterans and Tooele Valley. She worked in the Labor & Delivery, Emergency Room, Critical Care Units and Oncology.


Mom was a true pioneer in the medical field and leaves behind a legacy of students and friends who loved her dearly. She was part of the Rocky mountain coronary program and was instrumental in creating and working with the Coronary Care, ICU and Critical Care Units at the Dee and McKay Dee hospitals. She helped start the paramedic program here in Ogden.  She taught nursing at both the U of U and WSU and was one of the first on line instructors for the nursing program. Mom was part of the startup of the Ogden Rescue Mission Clinic and sat on the board and continued to work her share of shifts up until the time of her death. As if Mom didn’t have enough adventure here, she also spent four years working as the director of nursing in the King Fahd Hospital of the University in Saudi Arabia.


Mom leaves behind four daughters and one son; Kim (Richard) Morrison, Riverdale, Josie (Steve) Wankier, Morgan, Robb (Angie) Judkins, Ogden, Judy (Dee) Nye, Marriott Slaterville, Jan (Paul) Walters, Harrisville, and a very special family friend Nadya (Stoney) Wayment, Ogden; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren with two more great-grandchildren on the way.


She was preceded in death by her Ernie Dog.


Family Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Lindquist Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah.


Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden Utah.


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Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm -

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Born: October 30, 1933
Died: March 17, 2017

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Sheryl Pedersen posted on 3/26/17

Our deepest sympathy. Bonnie was a wonderful lady and gave so much to so many. She accomplished so much in her life. Her legacy will carry on for many years to come. We are so grateful for the friendship and love she had for our Mom, Carol Stockham. Bonnie was always there when needed-to give support and advice. Cherish all the wonderful memories and keep her close to your heart. Sheryl and Larry Pedersen and Family


Raegan Wilson posted on 3/23/17

Sorry for your loss. Cheers to the memories and knowing families are forever. I have many fond memories growing up and spending time with Grandma Bonnie. I am sure Ernie was excited to have her back. Hugs and love!


Shauna Riley posted on 3/22/17

Judy, I am so so so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know that she and my mother, Elsie Shiramizu were colleagues and did a lot of good in the community and in teaching at Weber State. You are in my thoughts. Shauna Shiramizu Riley


Maurine Putnam Greenwell posted on 3/22/17

sorry to read of your loss. I am a cousin. Bonnie and I were near in age, (I am two years older. )perhaps you remember Uncle Guy (PUTNAM) He was our father. my sis and I met with your mom for lunch a year or so ago, just to share old memories. it was good to visit with her again. I will not be able to attend her service tomorrow. please know our thoughts are with you at this difficult time .


Marie Heikkila posted on 3/22/17

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Much love Marie and Marv


Marie Heikkila posted on 3/22/17

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Much love Marie and Marv


Mary Lou Hess posted on 3/22/17

To Bonnie's dear family, She loved you all very much and during her summer visits to Seattle and during our long phone conversations many of you children, grand-children and great grand-children were in her thoughts and prayers. It is a blessing she wasn't ill very long and that so many of you could be there ministering to her every need. Remember often the wisdom she gave all of you; you'll be the better for it. I will miss her friendship, our summer sojourns, her wisdom on all things nursing and health care and most of all her stories. She had a full life. I am grateful for the times she sat with me at the bedside of a sick family member. I think many of us could say that. Bonnie was "there" for her friends. I nice thing to be able to say about anyone. Sincerely, Mary Lou Hess


Marguerite Simmons posted on 3/22/17

So sorry for your loss. I've know Bonnie for the 20 years I've worked with/for her at Weber. She was a wonderful friend and a very special lady. I'll always remember the fun we would have at Pam's house over the summer's BBQing and swimming. I can still see her lounging in the pool. I remember the trips to her house so that my husband Bo could fix her computer. Heaven has gained a special lady. I'm sure, if Bo hasn't met her there, she will be searching him out to help with her computer. She will want social media up there.


Julie O'Brien posted on 3/21/17

We are so sorry for the loss of such a dynamic presence and large part of your lives. Our thoughts are with you all. Julie, Sam and Karlie O'Brien


Kristen Burris posted on 3/21/17

Myself and my brother Kelly send our love and prayers at this time. Bonnie give our mom Karen W. Beaver a big love for us!


Kristen Burris posted on 3/21/17

My mother Karen Beaver worked with Bonnie for many years at Weber in the nursing program. Myself and my brother Kelly would like to send our love and prayers to her family at this difficult time. Our mother passed away nearly 20 years ago and I can still remember the love and support we received from Bonnie as well as the other awsome ladies in the nursing program.


Bob and Rita Maisak and family posted on 3/21/17

Bonnie was the best friend of our dearly deceased Doris Maisak, and the Maisak family wishes to express deepest condolences upon Bonnie's passing. Bonnie and Doris had a lifetime of nursing, playing bridge and traveling the world together. Bon Bon, you left a great legacy to the community and beloved friends.


Carol Gay (Putnam) Wilson posted on 3/21/17

Bonnie Jean was always a fun cousin to visit. She usually always had some pets to play with as a kid. My sister Maurine and I met her for lunch a few years ago and had a nice visit. Although we didn't see too much of each other, we always thought she was fun and had an interesting life. My thoughts are with the family at this time. Guy Putnam's daughter