Judith H. "Judy" Caughlan

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May 17, 1944 ~ May 22, 2011
"She was a fun-loving, happy person
who saw the good in all people and situations."

Judith H. Caughlan "Judy", 67, died at home in Vancouver, WA, of a brain disease, on May 22, 2011. She was born May 17, 1944 in St. Louis, MO to Richard and Helen (Arnold) Hoekel. She spent her childhood there and graduated from Normandy High School.
Judy met her husband, Charlie Caughlan, while attending the University of Missouri and they were married in Webster Groves, MO in 1966. While he worked for the Forest Service, they lived at various Ranger Districts in Oregon, Washington and Florida.
She had a lifelong passion for learning. During her life, she earned her Bachelor's degrees in education and history at the University of Missouri, studied in master's programs at the University of Oregon and Oregon State, and held several associate degrees from Clark College and Lake Sumter College. Judy's last degree was obtained in 1996 when she earned a paralegal degree from Lake Sumter College. She also ran the Lake Sumter College computer lab. Judy held teaching positions at all levels of education. For a time, she was the director and teacher at Life Skills Institute. She was the first female park ranger at Fort Vancouver National Park; she worked at the Veterans Administration in Portland in the research library; and she was as a paralegal for the NAACP lawyer, Harley Herman, in Florida. Judy was also a talented artist and poet. Her talent can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehP0aFZMgKE in her tribute to the May 18th Mount St. Helens eruption. She was also a girl's softball coach and Blue Bird leader. Judy loved the outdoors, hiking, bird watching and genealogy.
Her family was her greatest joy. Some of her greatest memories were of the yearly camping trips with her husband and children.
She was a member of Unity of Vancouver and National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She loved her cat Phil.
Throughout her life, Judy had a deep faith in God and routinely started each day with meditation and reading her prayers. She had great sense of humor and found humor no matter what the circumstance. Judy rarely said anything negative about anyone. She loved to talk and could chatter about any subject. One of her joys was to give gifts to friends and family.
Judy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Charlie Caughlan; daughter, Cathy and Dave Sbur and their son, John of Vancouver, WA; son, Michael and Michaela Caughlan and their daughter, Stella of Walnut Creek, CA; her mother, Helen Hoekel and sister, Patricia Schmidt of St. Louis, MO; 13 nephews and nieces; and lifelong friends, Bob and Harriet Roll, Carol and Tom Myer, Butch and Margaret Martin, Jerry and Jan Myer, Tim and Bonnie Tuttle and Richard Hammond.
The family especially wants to thank the volunteer caregivers and Hospice Southwest who helped her and her family during her illness.
Judy's memorial service will be at the Unity of Vancouver Church, 3814 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA, at 12 p.m. on Sat., May 28.
In lieu of flowers, Judy would wish that donations be made to Unity of Vancouver.
Please sign Judy's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.


Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2011
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