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MILLER, JUDITH MARIE

Posted By Whitney & Murphy On October 14, 2021 @ 3:58 pm In Obituary | 9 Comments

Judith Miller

My beloved sister Judith Marie Miller, age 81, passed away in Phoenix on September 28, 2021 from COVID-19. She was born March 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to James and Marion Smith, the second of four children. Young Judy was smart and hard working. She was double promoted in elementary school which made her a year younger than everyone in her grade. At age 12 she was the first girl to have a paper route delivering the Detroit News. She graduated in the top ten of her class in 1957 from Garden City High School in Michigan where she won the DAR Award and the Outstanding Commercial Student Award based on her business skills. After high school she moved to California and then relocated to Arizona. She worked as a legal secretary for many years. Her boss/mentor Attorney Steve Friedman (deceased) encouraged her to go to college. She attended night school and in 1977 after nine years of study graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a BS degree in Business. Another boss/mentor Attorney Jerry Stahnke (deceased) encouraged her to go to law school. Her high score on the LSAT earned her a scholarship to Arizona State University School of Law where she graduated cum laude in 1982. She practiced family law in Phoenix for over 30 years. She loved being a lawyer, mentoring young lawyers, and serving as a Judge Pro Tem. She enjoyed volunteering at the Maricopa County StandDown where she did pro bono work to help homeless veterans with legal issues.
My sister Judy was intelligent, independent, generous, fun, and had a strong work ethic. She loved nature and being physically active. She ran the canals and hiked the peaks in Phoenix, raced dirt bikes in the desert, ran 10Ks and won medals in her age group, ran a few marathons, climbed Mt. Rainier, hiked Mt. Whitney, hiked Havasupai Canyon and the Grand Canyon numerous times, ran from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in one day, snow skied the western states and Europe, camped and fished in Arizona and Colorado, and loved hiking North Mountain at dawn to see the sunrise.
Judy is survived by son Greg Martin (Carrie), granddaughter Lauryn Martin, granddaughter Jimi Rae Henagar (Cameron), brother Jerry Smith, and sister Karen Andazola (Joe). She is preceded in death by parents James and Marion Smith, brother Jimmy Smith, daughter-in-law Shannon Martin, and son Jeffrey Martin. A private family goodbye was held. Donations in her honor can be mailed to Community Legal Services, 305 S. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003, with designation for the Family Lawyers Assistance Project. Condolences can be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.


Condolences for the family of “MILLER, JUDITH MARIE”

Condolence from Jackie Andazola on October 16th, 2021 4:17 pm

Such a beautiful way to honor Judy; she was a special lady with a zest for life. May she Rest In Peace

Condolence from Barry Brody on October 17th, 2021 9:20 am

Judy was indeed a special person. I knew her for most of her professional career. Few have reached the levels she did as a person. She will be missed.

Condolence from Don Lindholm on October 17th, 2021 11:28 am

Judy was a very special person in my life. She came into my life as opposing counsel and subsequently joined our firm as my associate. She was a wonderful person and dear friend. I miss her. God bless her

Condolence from Keith Berkshire on October 18th, 2021 7:27 am

Judy was a such an amazing person and a wonderful mentor. I met her very early in my career as opposing counsel in a case. She was one of the most honest and professional attorneys I ever dealt with. Judy always went out of her way to make herself available to me to answer questions, and to introduce me to other lawyers. She was always willing to help in any way she could and I will always be grateful for her kindness and guidance. Every time I saw Judy she was always smiling. I doubt I would be the lawyer I am today without her help. RIP Judy, you will be missed.

Condolence from John Herrick on October 18th, 2021 10:26 am

Judy was a very special friend and professional colleague. She participated with me and other attorneys in a breakfast group on a regular basis. She was a great volunteer for pro bono efforts. We will all miss her.

Condolence from Naomi Roth on October 18th, 2021 12:38 pm

What a pleasure to have known and serve Judy her food and beverage, she sure knew a lot about Sports! RIP, we all miss you

Condolence from Louis Araneta on October 19th, 2021 7:02 am

Judy appeared in my family law court many times during the 1990s. Judy worked zealously for her clients’ interests, but cared about fair outcomes. Her love and energy for the law was obvious. She was an attorney and human being who I enjoyed having in the courtroom. I will miss her and I am sorry for her passing. Louis Araneta (retired Maricopa County Judge)

Condolence from Ann Oakley on October 21st, 2021 6:27 am

I met Judy as a fellow classmate from ASU’s College of Law, Class of 1982. We were in awe of her experience in the legal field, not to mention her typing ability! Judy was unique and her vivacious personality will be missed.

Condolence from Danny Zelisko on November 15th, 2021 1:41 pm

Judy very capably represented me during a painful divorce. Her charm with reassurance along with her gentle good looks and intelligent but sensitive demenaor made her a fantastic confidant, friend and advisor. i havent spoken to her in years but it doesn’t take the pain away from losing a great one like her. Love you Judy, thanks you for being so good to me.

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