Judith “Judy” Belle Valade, 74, died Dec. 18 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was born Dec. 7, 1943, in Prairie City to the late Ralph Esdras Valade and Bessie Vera Romine and grew up in John Day, where she graduated from Grant Union High School in 1962. She attended the University of Portland. In 1965, she moved with her beloved poodles to Arizona where her mother, sisters Barbara (deceased), Teddie, Trudy Lee and Terri all lived. Shortly thereafter, she met and married Stephen Wayne Dodge, and they shared their mutual love of dogs and exotic fish for 11 years. They had no children. After moving to Tennessee, she began working for CPA Floyd Baker, and they became life partners until his unexpected death. She remained in Knoxville, moving to NHC HealthCare’s facility following an injury that kept her bedridden until her death.
Throughout her life, Valade was involved in genealogy, a passion shared with sister Teddie. They spent hours talking about family, both ancestral and living, and researching the family tree together. She was a worthy advisor and grand choir member in Rainbow Girls, and active in debate, band, chorus, volleyball and hanging out with lifelong best friends Dorcas Kilpatrick Tapper and Teresa Talbott Attridge. A never-ending source of love, smiles and support, she had a quirky sense of humor that always kept her friends and family laughing. She will be missed.