Judith L Mellick (Judi), loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and close friends on Saturday the 24th of June at St. Joseph Hospital. Judi was born November 23, 1948 to Alfred and Louise Anderson and was the oldest of three children. She graduated from Mount Baker High School in 1967. She married her high school sweetheart, Keith Mellick, on June 16, 1967. Judi loved children and she and Keith opened their home to foster children shortly after their marriage. She went on to have a daycare in their home for 20 years and care for many children along the way. She loved every one. Judi went on to work at Alpha Technologies and eventually became a supervisor there; she loved the job and loved her coworkers even more.
Judi enjoyed being with family and was a devoted and loyal friend. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's activities, having holiday gatherings and going to the casino. She was a lover of animals and was never without one or more pets in her home. She supported animal rescue and loved her pets with all her heart.
Judi and Keith just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. It is an accomplishment that they were both proud of. She loved Keith (and he, her) deeply. They worked every day at their marriage and it is a testament to what hard work, love and respect can do.
Judi was preceded in death by her dad and mom, Alfred and Louise Anderson, and her brother Thomas Anderson. She is survived by her husband, Keith, daughters Cherie (Jeff) Payne and Jennifer Vandalen; grandchildren Tyler and Alex Payne and Jordyn, Jadyn and Marcus Vandalen; brother Wade (Wanita) Anderson; nieces and nephew April (Frank) Castenada, Gina (Nate) Langstraat, Lindsey (Mike) Simmons, Josh Anderson and Jamie (Joe) Torres.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 8 at 12:00 pm at Greenwood Cemetery (605 E. Wiser Lake Rd., Lynden) with a reception to celebrate Judi's life immediately following at 6048 West Hemmi Place, Bellingham, WA 98226.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Judi's name to The Villalobos Rescue Center (P.O. Box 771127, New Orleans, LA. 70177) and Happy Tails Happy Homes (P.O. Box 28752, Bellingham WA 98228).