In Memory of



Obituary for Judith Jeffery

Judith Jeffery

Jeffery, Judith (Judy) Carolyn (nee Penonzek) died suddenly on August 6th, 2023, at the age of seventy-four, after a life-long struggle with bipolar disorder.

Predeceased in April 2021 by her loving husband of 53 years, Bill Jeffery. Lovingly remembered by her sister Jean Watson (John) and brother John Penonzek (Donna), her children Scott Jeffery (Ailis), Karleen Barlia (Dave), as well as her three grandchildren, Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery, Christopher Lawrence-Jeffery and Bodie Barlia.

Judy was born in Vancouver to parents Frank and Betty Penonzek. Growing up, she loved playing sports and made many life-long friends on her field hockey team at Killarney Secondary School. After graduation, Judy attended nursing school at the University of British Columbia, eventually specializing in geriatric nursing. She met her husband Bill while working in Jasper during the summer holidays. Both Bill and Judy enjoyed spending time in the mountains, and after a short time in Coquitlam, BC, they moved to Kelowna so that they could spend more time camping, fishing, and skiing. The times spent with the Thompson and Jackson families were particularly significant as well as her dedication to her family’s ski racing through the Vernon Ski Club at Silver Star Mountain.

Judy was a wonderful nana to all her grandchildren. After moving to Nelson in 2003, she and Bill never missed a soccer game, ski race or gymnastics competition. They made frequent trips to California and later Switzerland to spend time with their youngest grandchild, Bodie and watch him grow into an accomplished athlete and student. Their love and warmth played a vital role in the lives of Victoria, Chris and Bodie.

Judy had a lifelong dedication to helping others and was generous with her time and talents. This was shown through her commitment to family, her volunteering for her church groups, and being a strong advocate for senior’s issues in the community. She had a love for gardening and maintained a large and thriving vegetable garden for many years in Nelson.

Judy will be missed by many, but her adventurous spirit and love of family lives on in the legacy of her children and grandchildren.