Ball & Dodd Funeral Home

5100 West Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA


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Judy Kay Looper

July 30, 1944August 30, 2020

Judy Kay Looper, 76, of Spokane, WA, unexpectedly passed away at her home on August 30, 2020 due to complications from a recent surgery. She was born July 30, 1944 in Polson, Montana, to Thomas (Arthur) and Charlotte Powell. She married Thomas Ray (T. Ray) Looper on August 6, 1966.

She is survived by her husband (T. Ray). Her daughter Nicole (Art) Jacobson, and their two daughters Rebecca and Katie of Spokane. Her son Craig (Jill) Looper, and their children Derek and Jessica of Snoqualmie. Her sisters Terry (Alan) Reusser and Laurie (Mike) Franklin, brother-in-law Gale Decker and numerous nieces and nephews who many of them looked to her as a second mom or grandma.

Mrs. Looper was a very talented pianist and organist and loved playing at her various churches in addition to playing with anyone who wanted to take a seat on the piano bench next to her at her home or wherever she could find a piano. She was also a devoted grade schoolteacher as a profession for nearly 30 years, but her true calling as a teacher was as a Wife, Mom, Gram-me, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt, and Friend…

As a loving Wife every day for over 54 years, the bond between Ray and Judy was as strong as they come. The vacations, motorhoming, winters in Arizona, golf trips, family traditions and just the simple quiet nights alone together…anyone who witnessed the two of them together could feel the bond and love between them. They taught us all everyday what true love looks like.

Mom was the one who taught us it is OK to say “I love you” more than once on the same 30-second phone call. We always knew and always will know how much she loved us. We are pretty sure we won the Mom lottery and the examples she set every day as an ideal parent will stay with us forever. She was our biggest fan in everything we did and taught us every day there truly is a way to love unconditionally.

Gram-me loved her grandchildren so much and had all the time in the world for them. She was so proud to be their Gram-me and loved the unique personality they each have. Some of the most fun Gram-me had was having the kids come stay in Arizona with them, taking them on their cross-country motorhome trips, and she was always up for any game they wanted to play (board games, card games, the Wii, etc.). Anyone who knew Gram-me quickly learned there is always time for fun and games…especially with her grandkids.

Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt was a well-deserved title for her. Some of our best memories as a family was spending time in Ronan, Montana during the summers or over the holidays with our large extended family. With her four sisters and lots of offspring there was never a shortage of entertainment for us all. She was typically right in the middle of it and simply loved watching her extended family grow up around her. Family large or small, far or near, is a key ingredient to a full and happy life.

She was a Friend to so many people. Her caring nature was a magnet for people and so many people are honored to be able to call her a friend. She cared deeply about her friendships and valued her experiences with each person, whether it be a weekend golf trip, a simple coffee meeting, or the numerous visitors at their homes in Spokane and Arizona. Thanks for teaching us how easy and natural it can be to make lasting relationships with friends.

Wife, Mom, Gram-me, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt and Friend you left us all too early, but we know you are now reunited with your parents, your sister Linda and too many others. We also know you will continue to shine your unconditional love down on all of us. You inspired us each and every day and the amazing lessons we all have learned from you and the memories we have made with you will live on in our hearts forever.


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Kathleen Putman

September 18, 2020

Judy was one of the nicest lady's I have ever met. We played many games together. She was someone you would want to call your friend. I will miss her. Sending hugs and prayers and love to her family.

Dixie Marshall

September 3, 2020

I was just contaacted by a mutual friend that Judy passed away August 31. I am so very sorry ~ just heart-broken. I had tried to reach her several weeks ago but had no response so left a message and was sure she would touch base when she could.
Judy and I were room mates in college for two years. We lost touch for a number of years after our respective graduations, but reconnected in the early 1990's, getting together periodically with college friends to catch up on one another's lives.
There are so many memories ... spending a weekend with her and her family in Ronan and Judy giggling at me over dinner as her father removed the bone from the trout on my plate!
A fire blazing on the stove in our apartment and Judy yelling for me to throw sale on the fire and I using the small salt shaker instead of the box of salt!
Judy preparing her art project so diligently and, I, as the reluctant student, waiting until the last minute to complete mine under the table in class, Judy telling me when to look up or when I could work on my piece so as to not be caught finishing my project in class!
The sweet photo of Judy, Geneal, Sandy and myself demontrating: hear no evil. speak no evil, see no evil and smell no evil!
Meeting for lunch at the old Bread Basket in the mall on Wellesley for the first time in about 25 years! Such a lovely visit. We couldn't share fast enough!
Learning that Judy and her family had moved in the house across the street from where I lived during HS & through college. Not sure mother still lived in the house when Judy & family moved in, but I remember going to her home for the first of many 'college pal' get-to-gethers at that home.
Among the sweetest memories: studying & playing duo piano in the Music Annex at EWSC: Malaguenia. Jamaican Rhumba & the Brahms Waltz's ... the windows open and students below clapping as they listened to us practice. I so loved being in the world with her ... she will be dearly missed!

Jan Swanson

September 2, 2020

Judy and T Ray used to live across the street from us, and my husband and she share the same birthday. We had more fun celebrating together! Just today we were walking by their old house and remembering how Judy used to chase their lawn mower down their front hill. 😃

Barbara Hutchison

September 2, 2020

We will always remember Judy as our fun-loving, game playing, gracious hostess and beloved friend. Recently we combined our efforts to form an impromptu couples golf group. Our rusty scores reflected a need to support and encourage each other. It made Tuesdays a “look forward to” day.

Our memories, love and prayers go out to her family and the many many people who share the blessing of her friendship.

Dave & Barb Hutchison
Gregg & Marilyn Douglas
Dick & DiEtte Johnson

Joyce Decker Wegner

September 2, 2020

Sharing families together in Ronan was always wonderful. May you laugh and sing and cry together sharing Judy memories. Condolences to all of you. May God hold you each in His arms as He surely holds Judy and her loved ones.

Sara Northcutt Poindexter

September 2, 2020

I never had Mrs. Looper as a teacher but I remember her from Woodridge Elementary and how she always had a smile on her face. She will be dearly missed.

Paula Lobdell

September 1, 2020

This last February I was fortunate enough to go to Arizona with my sister Janet and spend several days with Judy and Ray.
We had the best time and were spoiled by both of them. Judy took us sight seeing during the day and in the evenings had wonderful meals for us and always a game to play either at home or at one of the recreational centers near their home.
Both Judy and Ray are the best hosts anyone could every have and I’m so very grateful that Judy was my friend. You instantly felt like family when around her and I’m honored that she was a part of my life.
Her family certainly is blessed to have had her in their lives and experienced first hand her loving heart and spirit.

I will miss her always❤️

Kathy Loscheider

September 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Judy passing -my sincere sympathies to all the family. She was a fun loving lady who demonstrated true love and devotion to her family. Thank you Judy for all the laughs over the years!


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