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Obituary: Judith Kathleen Barrus

1944 ~ 2003

Judith Kathleen Barrus, age 59, passed away September 22, 2003 in Salt Lake City after a long illness.

Judie was born August 2, 1944 in San Francisco, California to Inez and Frank Barrus. She was the oldest of five children. She graduated from the University of Utah with B.A. and M.A. degrees and worked for the State of Utah for 30 years. She retired as an Associate Director for the State of Utah Office of Family Support.

She was an accomplished musician playing the marimba and xylophone. She brought joy to many with her talent and national acclaim winning the Ted Mack Amateur Hour competition in New York. At age 12 she won a trip to Disneyland to perform on the Mickey Mouse Club Television Show. She later performed for years with numerous local dance bands and with the Utah Symphony. She traveled extensively throughout the world making friends wherever she went. Judie was especially fond of her dogs that were the light in her life.

Judie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law Michael Aldrich. She is survived by brothers Gary (Irene) Barrus, Robbie Barrus, sisters Debbie Aldrich and Becka (Stan) Pace, along with many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. in the Midvale City Cemetery. Friends may honor Judie by making a contribution to the Utah Humane Society.