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Judith Freedom "Judy" Chilton Adams
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Birth: Apr. 22, 1923
Becker County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 2013
Mountain View
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Judith Chilton Adams, 90, died August 5, 2013, in Mountain View, California.

She was born April 22, 1923, in Frazee, Minnesota to Edward and Martha Chilton and was raised in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. She and her family enjoyed hiking, camping, picnicking, boating and swimming. She swam like a dolphin and was a lifeguard during summers between college years.

Judy attended University of Minnesota and Moorhead State Teacher's College, graduating with a teaching degree and a minor in art. She accepted a teaching position in Ketchikan, Alaska, where she met and married Keldon (Kelly) Adams and helped raise his two daughters, Sandra and Judi. She had Martha shortly before Kelly and his partner, Don Ross, discovered uranium in 1955. The family moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1956 into a big, old house surrounded by shade trees that had previously been (unbeknownst to them) a house of ill repute. Daughter Grace was born in Grants Pass.

Her family moved to Medford, Oregon, a few years later and Judy taught at a junior high school there before buying and teaching in her own kindergarten for several years.

The family returned to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1967/68, and Judy resumed teaching--at White Cliff School. She used to supply the kitchen staff with pancake flour so they would make pancakes for some of her students who came to school hungry. She also had a deal with an optometrist in town—students of hers who couldn't afford glasses were provided glasses by the optometrist at cost and paid for by Judy. She was always willing to tutor anyone who needed help with reading, either after school or at her home.

During summers, the family prospected and mined everywhere from Oregon and Idaho to Alaska and the Yukon. She loved to be out in the country and was happy to cook, man the machinery, do the laundry and help with everything from gold panning and clean up or using turkey basters to suck up recovered mercury from bedrock in an Idaho ghost town.

When she retired from teaching after 26 years, Judy and her beloved Kelly moved to Gold Hill, Oregon and continued to fly, prospect and mine gold in the Yukon until Kelly could no longer do so.

She was predeceased by Keldon, a son, Steven Keldon, who died after only 3 days, and daughter Judi McKay. She is survived by siblings Dan and Edward Chilton and Nancy Johnston, daughters Sandra, Martha and Grace, and by grandchildren Kevin, Amber, Katherine, Julie, Marion, Shannon, Melissa, Martin, Keldon and Rebecca as well as 9 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her memorial was held September 8 in Gold Hill, Oregon.

(Obituary was written by her daughter, Martha, and ran in the Medford (OR) Mail Tribune and Ketchikan (AK) Daily News about a week after her death.)
Family links: 
  Edward Gummer Chilton (1890 - 1968)
  Martha Anundson Chilton (1892 - 1978)
  Keldon Gaylord Adams (1912 - 2005)
  Steven Keldon Adams (1956 - 1956)*
  Judith Freedom Chilton Adams (1923 - 2013)
  Nancy Chilton Huhtala-Johnston (1932 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Rock Point Pioneer Cemetery
Gold Hill
Jackson County
Oregon, USA
Plot: section B
Maintained by: Shannon Watts Michael
Originally Created by: Kitty Whitlock
Record added: Aug 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41194790
Judith Freedom Judy <i>Chilton</i> Adams
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Judith Freedom Judy <i>Chilton</i> Adams
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Judy you were such a fun friend and would do anything for anyone. You were my example of what a woman should be. I miss you, but every spring when my rock rose blooms, I remember the day you picked a branch off yours and said to stick it in the ground. ...(Read more)
- Louise Hall
 Added: Sep. 17, 2014

- Julie Gyll...Kin...Doy
 Added: Oct. 22, 2013
Rest in peace beside Grandpa Kelly, Grandma. You're together again! You will always be missed.
- Shannon Watts Michael
 Added: Sep. 14, 2013

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