September 15, 2021
Judy N. Wombaker, age 75, passed away Thursday morning, August 26, 2021, at her home in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, John L. Wombaker; children: Randy Wombaker (Patty), David Wombaker (Jonnie), and Tim Wombaker (Toni); Grandchildren: Thomas, Breanna, William, Christopher, Andrew, Kenzie, Austin, Caleb, Tristyn, Trevyn, Tayla, and Teyawna; Great Grandchildren: Elena, John, Serenity, Benjamin, and Kimber; as well as her sister June Novreske (Larry) and brother Larry Fritts (Bonnie). Judy is preceded in death by her father Everett Fritts, mother Lorraine Cruse, sister Barbara Fritts (infant), and step-father, Dwain Cruse.
Judy was born in Saratoga, Wyoming, on May 20, 1946, to Everett and Lorraine Fritts. The family lived on a farm and traveled around the Northwest for Everett’s construction work until his death in 1957. Judy then moved back to Encampment where she attended the Encampment Schools and graduated early as Salutatorian of the Class of 1963. Judy then married John L. Wombaker on June 1, 1963. They welcomed their first child, Randy in 1965, with David following in 1966, then Tim in 1968.
Judy had many talents and accomplishments throughout her life. She worked at the Old Baldy Club as housekeeper, the Saratoga Inn as a receptionist/accountant/night auditor, and at the Wyoming Highway Department as a road grader and snow plow driver. Judy was very active as an EMT in the Encampment/Riverside Volunteer Emergency Services. She was also an accomplished businesswoman as the owner of the Oasis Restaurant in Encampment, which was a very popular hangout for many in the Platte Valley and beyond. Judy was active within the community and in church. Giving to and taking care of others was very important to her.
John and Judy decided to move to the warmer climate of Prescott Valley, Arizona in 1994. John worked as a carpenter while Judy obtained a Pharmacy Technician license. She worked at Osco Drug until she retired to spend time with family, grow and can peaches and other fruits, make jam, play cards, all while keeping John active with different household projects.
Judy was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. She doted on her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Many will remember Judy’s fierce love of playing cards and games with any and all who wanted to take on the challenge. She would share a cup of coffee and her home with anyone who needed it. Her love of Christ, family, and friends will be sorely missed.
A memorial service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, at the Fountain of Life Community Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona. It will be live-streamed for those unable to attend. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/drcrouchaz.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Grand Encampment Opera House or the Grand Encampment Museum, both located in Encampment, Wyoming, or to the Fountain of Life Community Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona.