In Memory

Julia Rae 'Judy' Woods (Walz) - Class Of 1939

Julia Rae 'Judy' Woods (Walz)

Julia Rae Woods Walz, born on March 18, 1921, passed away peacefully in San Clemente on September 16, 2018 at the age of 97. Born to James and Racheal Woods, Julia Rae was raised in South Pasadena and graduated from South Pasadena High in 1939. During World War II she enlisted in the Navy and served as a WAVE. After being honorably discharged and reuniting with the love of her life, Charles, upon his return from the war in Europe, they were married in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. After a year in New York, Charlie moved his bride back to Southern California for 67 years of wedded bliss. After the move, Charlie and Judy raised four kids, Bob, John, Kathy, and Sue.

The Walz family lived in Glendora until the kids were grown and have resided in San Clemente for over 40 years. While in Glendora the family attended Grace Episcopal Church where Judy served in many roles including Altar Guild and Daughters of the King. After she had all the kids safely enrolled in Glendora schools, she returned to school at Citrus College and studied Library Science. She opened the new library and worked for years at Goddard Junior High in Glendora and later retired from the library at Mt View High School in El Monte. After retiring she moved to San Clemente and the love of the beach. Charlie was able to go too, but he still had to work a few more years. While living in San Clemente, Judy and Charlie attended their beloved St Clements by the Sea Episcopal Church. Again, Julia Rae served her parish in many different roles; Altar Guild well into her 90s, Daughters of the King; and she traveled the world as a representative for the United Thank Offering; was she in Panama, the Philippines or Philadelphia? - you never knew but she was out there!.

Julia Rae was preceded in death by her younger brother, Jim (SPHS '44), and by her loving husband, Charles. She is survived by her four kids, numerous grandkids, great grandkids, and great-great grandkids.

Orange County Register, September 30, 2018