Judy Petrich, 89, passed away peacefully, after a long illness, in Tucson, AZ on June 25, 2021. She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Petrich and Sherie Coyne, son-in-law David Coyne, and grandchildren Kelly Miller and Joseph Coyne. She was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberly and two grandsons, David and AJ Coyne.
Judy was a BIG Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved Michael Jordan and Basketball, both NCAA and NBA. She also adored and loved Debbie's Siberian Husky fur babies over the years: Duke, Loki, Dancing Bear, Indy and Yukon (who have all since passed over to the Rainbow Bridge), and Haiku, who visited Judy the day before her passing.
Judy was loved by many, especially those friends near and dear to her heart - Judy Hurless, Matt Luoma, Katherine Molker, Kathy McLin, Richard and Marilyn Wilson, and Cesilia Granillo - and will be missed.
A memorial may be held at a future date. Please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to Defenders of Wildlife or the ASPCA, both charities Judy loved. Or, as some others have done, give a living tribute by having a tree planted in one of our National Forests at: alivingtribute.org or arborday.org/giveatree
Please read this lovely poem composed by Kathy McLin for Judys' passing.
In praise of Judy Petrich: Returned to the Mother 6/25/21
I have begun a new and welcomed journey. Free from pain, from care and isolation. It was my time as one day it will be for you.
I have left behind nothing that I would take with me, though I leave behind such things as might bring comfort to you. And remember, as you speak my name, I live.
Worry not over my past, but look forward and walk confidently into your future. I am beside you, inside you and all around you. I am in the songs of birds, the sun on your face, the moonlight at night, the rain on your window and the wind at your back. I am the reeds whistling by a pond and the grass harp on the range, the screech of the owl and piercing cry of the hawk. I am earth and sky, deepest ocean and flowing stream, Raven and Rainbow. I am that from which we are all molded, the dust of the earth, and I have once more returned to The Mother. Be at Peace, and believe that all is as it should be. Say my name, Judy Petrich. And I Live.