I am very sad to report that my dear friend, Judy Ellis, passed away this morning, June 7. Judy and I have been friends since the mid-eighties when we did course work together at SFU and UBC. We were both teachers in Coquitlam, and became good friends through that association, and we both eventually ended our careers teaching together at Riverview Park Elementary.
Judy and I started quilting in 1997, and in 1999 we joined Piece Arch Quilters. Judy was a charter member of Blue Mountain Quilters, and we were also both members of Dogwood Quilting Sisters in Coquitlam. Judy was very excited to have a quilting group in Coquitlam, and always enjoyed the lively activities at our meetings. She was active in all the quilting groups she belonged to, making many community quilts for the Women’s Transition House in Coquitlam through Dogwood, and being part of a group who made a Centennial quilt for Alexandra House in Crescent Beach through Piece Arch Quilters. Judy did not attend Blue Mountain this year as it became difficult for her to be out in the evenings.
Judy’s health has been in steady decline for the last few years, and she had been in hospital twice in the last months. She was moved to St. Michael’s Hospice in Burnaby on Friday and passed away there this morning. Judy is survived by her husband, Don, her daughter Jennifer, and her son Chris. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.