Book Store Owner
November 10, 1941 ~ April 16th, 2012
Ann Escobar-Webb, 70, unexpectedly passed away Monday, April
16, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Judy was born on November 10,
1941 in Phoenix, Arizona to Winston Kimball and Pauline
Dorothy Larson. Judy was a highly active child, who loved
to go swimming, ride bikes, and roller skate with her older
While attending Washington High School, Judy was very popular,
and participated in many school programs, including the
G.A.A., band, and being a news editor and was voted "Miss
Conversation." For employment, she worked as a soda
jerk. Judy graduated in 1959, and then followed her mother’s
footsteps attending St. Joseph’s Nursing School where
she became a registered nurse.
Working at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Judy was often
paired with Hugo Escobar, an Argentine surgeon, due to her
ability to understand his thick accent. Eventually Judy
and Hugo married and for 40 years raised a family of four
sons and one daughter fulfilling her dream of raising "a
bunch of boys in a big house." As her children grew,
Judy continued to manage the family ranch and helped manage
her husband’s doctor’s office. In 1980, she
opened a book store called "Judy’s Book Fair"
on Main Street in Porterville, California. Running "Judy’s
Book Fair" was a daily joy for her as her employees
and loyal customers became lifelong friends.
In 1996, Judy spent time traveling, especially enjoying
Alaska and France. She spent some time on a spiritual journey,
exploring her interests with Native American beliefs and
culture. During this time, she became a Latter-day Saint
ward missionary helping others to live a Christ-like life.
In 2001, she became reacquainted with a high school friend,
Garry Webb. They were surprised to find that what they most
remembered was how easily they made each other laugh. In
January 2003, Judy and Garry wed and built their home and
new life in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Judy enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking, and things that
sparkled. She especially enjoyed cooking for holiday meals,
where she would test and alter recipes ahead of time to
reach perfection. More than anything, Judy loved being a
wife, mother, and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren
appreciated her perfect example of unconditional love, bringing
kindness and understanding the countless times they came
to her with problems or questions. Judy’s days were
filled with phone calls and emails from her children and
grandchildren, who developed deep, loving friendships with
Judy is survived by her husband, Garry Webb of Sierra Vista,
Arizona; daughter Becky Bowman (Mark) of Alpine, Utah; sons,
Brian Escobar (Cathie) of Bakersfield, California, Erick
Escobar (Jordan) of Thomson's Station, Tennessee, Rodney
Escobar (Lania) of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Bradley Escobar
(Kristen) of Arroyo Grande, California, and a step-daughter,
LeeAnna Foster of Omaha, Nebraska. She leaves behind her
sister and best friend, Sylvia Anderson (Arnold) of Surprise,
Arizona, sister, Janine Duistermars of Phoenix, Arizona,
and brother, Kris Larson (Barbara) of Visalia, California.
She also leaves behind her dear friend, Hugo Escobar, along
with 20 grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of her life was held on Saturday,
April 28, 2012 at the High Bench Chapel in Alpine, Utah.
Graveside services followed at the Alpine City Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Warenski Funeral
Home in American Fork, Utah. A memorial dinner will be held
at a later date in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Condolences can
be shared at www.warenski.com.
Judy loved books, especially children’s books, so
the family is requesting children’s books or donations
toward children’s books be made in her name at the
Porterville, California Public Library at (559) 784-0177.