Sister Judith (Judi) Roberts, 76, a Sister of Providence for 23 years, died Nov. 25 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. There was a funeral Mass at the residence, with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.
Judith Allen was born July 29, 1940, to Richard Allen and Genevieve Sobolik, in Evanston, Illinois, the second of five siblings.
Judith attended grade school at St. John the Baptist and graduated in 1958 from Central Catholic high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From 1958 to ’62 Judi attended Purdue–W. Lafayette College; and 1966-72 majored in elementary education at St. Francis College, both in Fort Wayne. She was also a math teacher while attending St. Francis College. 1975-85 she took professional courses in business and accounting at American Institute of Banking, Fort Wayne, and Eastern University, Roswell, New Mexico. From 1972 to 1991 she was employed as a probate tax accountant, office manager and accounting officer for financial banking institutions and as an accountant for a non-profit organization.
In January 1963 Judith married Monte Roberts in Toledo, Ohio, and had two children. After a number of years the marriage was annulled.
She entered the Sisters of Providence in August 1992 in Seattle. She became a novice in August 1993, professed first vows in August 1995 and received the name Sister Judith Roberts. She professed final vows in August 1998.
Sister Judi began her ministry as an outreach minister and bookkeeper in 1994 at the Downtown Chapel’s ministry–MacDonald Center, Portland; in 1995 to mid-1996 she served as a member of the Providence Hospitality House, Seattle.
In preparation for her international ministry, Sr. Judi spent approximately three months in 1996 living with a family in Cuernavaca, Mexico, while attending a Spanish language school program. She then ministered in administration at La Casa Hogar and Casa Guadalupe in Yakima, Washington. In 1997 she attended a Maryknoll cross cultural ministry training program in Chicago. In early 1998 she also studied Spanish in Bolivia, South America; then in September she began her cross-cultural ministry at La Papalota in El Salvador, until April of 1999.
In May 1999 Sr. Judi returned to Portland and served there in administration and accounting positions. During 2004-2005 she was a bookkeeper in Great Falls, Montana, and Marylhurst, then returned to Portland to continue her ministry until January 2014. In February 2014 Sr. Judi retired and moved to St. Joseph Residence where she enjoyed volunteering, both at the residence and at Providence Mount St. Vincent, assisting and sharing cherished time with patients, staff and her sisters.
Sr. Judi is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Ken Allen and Robert Allen. She is survived by her children, Amanda Grey of Napa, California, and Terri Davis, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and brother, Don Allen, Kenmore, Washington; sister, Ruthann Martin, Lake Forest Park, Washington; and grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.
To view Sr. Judi’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, please visit the website for Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at www.bonneywatson.com.