In Memory

Judie Fife (Grangaard)

Judith Fife Grangaard, 66,  passed away January 2, 2014, surrounded by her family. An Arizona resident for 64 years, she was born in Dallas, TX on July 19, 1947 to Dr. Ray and Ruth Fife. With four sisters and three brothers, Judie grew up in a very loving and vibrant household. She met the love of her life, David Grangaard, while attending Camelback High School and it was truly a storybook romance. The homecoming queen and athlete would wed, have three children, and celebrate 45 years of marriage, which they did on December 20, 2013. Judie and Dave celebrated their love and their lives to the fullest by traveling together and spending time with family and friends as often as possible. A caring and compassionate person, while at ASU, she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority, Angel Flight, and later an active member of Junior League of Phoenix and Visiting Nurse Auxillary. She loved the ocean waves in La Jolla. She loved playing games with her grandchildren. She loved line-dancing, Zumba, and rolling out her yoga mat. She loved a good book and a warm bath. She loved a chilled glass of wine. She loved the music and scents of Christmas. Judie embraced everything about life and truly lived each day to the fullest and was always in the moment. A beautiful woman in every way, she didn't say goodbye without giving her family some advice about life, which was to: Connect with your passion. Live with purpose. Make a difference. She is survived by her husband David, son Todd (Heather) Grangaard, daughter Melissa (Tony) Vitek, daughter Heidi (Mike) Malano. Brothers, David (Lily) Fife, Dana (Virginia) Fife, Tom (Gigi) Fife. Sisters, Becky (Howard) King, Diane (Craig) Powell, Cindy (Doug) Thomann, Heidi (Rick) Remakel. Grandchildren, Kaylee Grangaard (12), Tatum (5) & Wyatt (2) Vitek.

A service will be held on Saturday February 15, 2014 at 11:00am. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. 3641 N. 56th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Immediately following the service a Celebration of Judie's life will be held at The Stone House Pavilion (Phoenix Zoo) located at 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. For more information on Judie's life celebration please visit Judie passed peacefully at Ryan House Hospice of the Valley , where we'd like to make a lasting tribute in her memory by encouraging donations to be sent there, in lieu of flowers. Please send in memory of Judie Grangaard to Hospice of the Valley Ryan House at 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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10/01/18 02:00 PM #1    

Jim Coats

I'm astounded that there are no comments about Judie.  I never personally knew her, but knew who she was.  My limited observation was that she was a beautiful, sweet pixie of a girl and that Dave was a very lucky guy.  I never had one conversation with her, but somehow knew she was one of the good ones.  I think the world just might be a little bit sadder without her.  

10/01/18 07:42 PM #2    

Wally Alexander

So sory to hear about Judies passing.  Very nice comments by JIm.  I knew Judie and Dave botjh in High School.  They were both very nice kids.  She was, as you said, so very nice and a real sweetheart.  Here's hoping Dave and the kids and the Grandkids are all doing well.  This is late but sincerest condolences and my prayers are going out for the entire family and friends.  Wally

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