Obituary for Judith Telford (Rohlman)
Judith Anne Telford, 75, of East Wenatchee and a lifelong Wenatchee Valley resident, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on March 9, 1942 in Wenatchee to LeRoy and Gertrude (Nielsen) Rohlman. She was raised in Palisades until the age of 7 when the family moved to East Wenatchee. She received her education from the Eastmont School District. She enjoyed her school years and was very socially active in school clubs and the cheer squad. Her senior year her classmates elected her Homecoming Queen and Girl of the Month. Judi graduated with the class of 1960 and kept in touch with many of her fellow classmates throughout her life. Following high school, she moved to Seattle where she worked for Frederick and Nelson’s for several years before returning to the Wenatchee Valley and working at Douglas County Bank. On her 21st birthday she met Donald W. Telford and 5 months later in August of 1963 they were married in Wenatchee. They made their first home together in Seattle while Don was completing his plumbing apprenticeship. During their time in Seattle they had two children, first Brett and later Vicki. They purchased a mechanical contracting business in Seattle and relocated it and their family to the Wenatchee Valley in 1970 where they remained throughout their life.
Judi took great pride and pleasure in being a stay at home mother and devoted wife. Her husband, children and home were her highest priorities. She was gifted at planning events and dinners for family and friends and was a consummate and elegant hostess. Prior to Don’s retirement, Judi, Don and the children spent much of their free time and holidays at their beloved Wenatchee River cabin near Plain where eventually they lived full time for a period. Their love, respect and devotion to each other was a constant throughout their entire marriage and inspired many who knew them.
Judi was a longtime member of the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club, and as an avid and accomplished golfer, she enjoyed playing in the tournaments and taking golf trips with Don and friends. Judi and Don also enjoyed many fishing and moose hunting trips together. But some of Judi’s fondest times were spent in Hawaii where she and Don would spend their winters golfing, entertaining, volunteering and making new friends.
After the death of the love of her life Don, Judi enjoyed more extensive travelling with her children, grandchildren, mother, sisters and extended family and friends to such places as Hawaii, California, New York, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, the Washington and Oregon coast, Arizona and Nevada, several cruises and just this last year a long-awaited trip to Europe and a Mediterranean cruise. When she bothered to slow down for a moment is was to cheer on the Seahawks, Wenatchee Wild, or just to enjoy a moment of peace and gratitude for her beautiful gardens at her East Wenatchee home. Judi was a proud American and a dedicated supporter of our active and veteran military members and many charity organizations.
Judi was a “do-er and a go-er” and she didn’t like anything slowing her down, especially during her 15-year battle with cancer. Even during her most difficult and trying times, first and foremost, her concern was always for the well-being of others. She had the most loving, empathetic and compassionate heart, a true Christian soul through and through and an unwavering belief in Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Judi is survived by her two children and their spouses, Brett & Dee Dee Telford, East Wenatchee and Vicki & Kevin Klein, Friday Harbor, WA; her mother, Gertrude Rohlman, East Wenatchee; two sisters and brother’s-in-law, Sue & Darrel Jeffries, East Wenatchee and Linda & Casey Casebeer, Entiat; three grandchildren, Taylor (Billy) Miller, Gilroy, CA, Shae (Tyler) Alos, Wenatchee, Stephanie (Elijah) Arnlund, Big Fork, MT and two great grandsons, Aiden and Austin Arnlund, Bigfork, MT. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. “Don” Telford and her father, LeRoy Rohlman.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Eastmont Baptist Church, 400 S. Kentucky, East Wenatchee, with Chaplain Scott Langager officiating. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends who wish may make memorial donations do so in her name to “CWH Home Health and Hospice” or “Our House-Cancer Care of NCW”. You are invited to visit her tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com and leave a memory. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.