Judith Gennette was born on November 15, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. She died early Thanksgiving Day morning, November 24, 2011. She was 60 years old.
She is survived by her husband Richard, and their three children --- Emma and her husband Jason Workman and their son Victor Flores, Ian and his wife Caitey, and youngest daughter Erin.
Growing up in Vesthavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham, Judith spent much time exploring the wooded hills near her home. She graduated from W.A. Berry H.S. in 1968. In 1972 she graduated from Earlham College, a Quaker School, in Richmond, Indiana.
Judith married Richard Day on May 25, 1974, in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1981 they had a daughter Emma, who was born in Tempe, Arizona. Emma was followed by son Ian who was born in College Station, Texas in 1989 and then by daughter Erin, who was also born in College Station in 1993.
Her life long love of geology carried her through the Geology program at the University of Iowa, where she earned a Masters Degree in Geology in 1977. She pursued her interest in pollen and geology and earned a PhD. in Geology from Texas A&M University in 1993.
Judith had a variety of interests in addition to her first love, geology. She studied genealogy and produced a volume of work related to her family history. In 1995 she began broadcasting her “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy” Program when she worked as a volunteer DJ at KEOS community radio in Bryan, Texas.
In 2000 she moved with her family to The Dalles, Oregon. In The Dalles she enjoyed exploring the geology of the Columbia Gorge and also devoted much time to her interest in European folk music and genealogy. She was able to travel and repeatedly took her children camping in the British Isles when they were young. Judith enjoyed writing stories and reviewing music. She was also a student of the Finnish language and most things Scandinavian. And, she continued broadcasting her radio show - “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy” - through KBOO and KPSU, the Portland State University student radio station, after she moved to The Dalles. Her last broadcast was Thursday, November 10, 2011, just two weeks before she died.
She was a member of the Live Oak Friends Meeting in Houston, Texas and attended the Mountain View Friends Worship Group Meeting in The Dalles.