Judith (Judy) Forshey

Date of Birth

October 2, 1938

Date of Death

January 30, 2021

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Judy passed away on January 30, 2021 at the age of 82, due to complications from Covid.

Judy was born October 2, 1938 in North Hollywood to Norman and Elsie Baird. In 1943 the family moved to Santa Barbara, where she attended school.

In 1955 she married the love of her life, Reid Forshey. They remained married until he passed away in 2007. She was a devoted wife and mother to their 4 children. Any neighbors would recall the familiar call to her children, ‘Leslie, Lisa, Loren and Lee’.

There are many happy memories of lake trips, the beach, fishing, water skiing, dirt bike riding, all with close family and friends. She loved to dance, especially to country music, many times with her children.

After the children were grown, Judy and Reid travelled cross country several times in their motor home, and they were devoted to spending time with their grandkids. They loved having beach days, attending BMX races, or watching the grandkids dirt bike ride. They were always strong influences in their lives.

Judy loved people and was quite social, yet always content with a good book. She had a strong faith, cherishing good memories that made her feel happy. She always looked for the good in others, and in her life.

She is survived by her loving children, Leslie & Brian Kolich, Lisa & Bill Volmar, Loren Forshey and Julie, Lee & Pam Forshey. She adored her 9 grandchildren, Genessa, Justin, Nick, Brandon (preceeded her in death in 2010), Jarrett, Jake, Kristin, Tyler, and Ashley. She was blessed with 11 great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews, and good friends. One of her grandchildren had this to say about Gram-Gram and Papa, ‘they will always be influential in the way we raise our children.’

Due to Covid, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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