Judy Ann Larson-Webb
Book Store Owner
November 10, 1941 ~ April 16th, 2012

Judy 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 sister, Sylvia.

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 her.

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.

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