Judith Ann Higgins Hague Hadley
August 10, 1945 - December 2, 2015
Judith Ann arrived in this world on August 10, 1945, to John “Jack” and Martha Higgins. She was soon joined by her sister, Sue. Jack and Martha divorced a short time later. Her mother remarried and Judith and her sister were adopted by her step-father, Alexander Thomas “Tom” Hague. This family of four eventually grew with the addition of two half-siblings.
Judith's childhood was one of ever-changing location. For a time, her father built water towers throughout the Midwest. Through these frequent moves, Judith learned resilience and self-sufficiency. By high school, her family had settled in Ames, Iowa. Her creative mind and sense of beauty led to her working for Everett's Flowers. In Ames, she met a young college student who would become her husband and life-partner, LeMoyne “Doc” Hadley. They wed in 1964, and together celebrated the birth of their daughter, Kristen, and their son, Mark.
Upon graduation from Iowa State University, Doc's employment moved them to Loveland, Colorado in 1967. Judith again pulled strength from the skills she learned as a child, and established for herself a new community. Her work and volunteer history there was quite varied, ranging from tuning electronic crystals to project coordination; from painting decorations for the preschool to helping on political campaigns. Judith was a passionate defender of women's rights, racial equality, and political awareness, channeling her energies into activism by participating in demonstrations and rallies.
Judith devoted her life to education and knowledge, both to understand the world around her, and to comprehend her own inner landscape. After relocating to Corvallis, Oregon in 1981, she continued her university education and worked for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), tirelessly advocating for the needs of women and children in crisis and providing education for the prevention of abuse. She ultimately earned her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oregon and began working as a licensed PhD psychologist for the Oregon State University student health center. She later opened a private practice for individuals and couples counseling, and provided services for trauma resolution and practiced as a certified sex therapist.
Running in tandem with Judith's professional life, however, was her dedication to her creative spirit. Her many interests through the years included photography, needlepoint, gourmet cooking, weaving, gourd arts, art journaling and doll-making, all of which helped her to express her sense of spirituality and beauty in the world. She filled her world with art, both acquired and self-made.
With a deep and inclusive sense of hospitality, Judith established a sanctuary in her home for herself, her family and her friends. She had a deep and inclusive sense of hospitality. Holidays and parties there took on epic proportions as she created celebrations filled with unique food, lively conversations and lots of love. Her spirit was refreshed each time she was with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandson.
Judith approached her death with eyes wide open. She brought together family and friends to join with her in transforming her simple cremation container into a beautiful artistic expression. She diligently worked to enlighten others to the reality that of the money raised for breast cancer, too much money goes to high-profile awareness campaigns while too little money goes into actual research for a cure. She also continued to urge others to thoroughly and responsibly educate themselves as voters in the political system. She willingly discussed her hopes and fears for the future – and continued to build her legacy to the very end.
Judith is survived by her husband, Doc Hadley, her daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and Eric Bonn, her son, Mark Hadley, her grandchildren and their spouses, Gwenyn and Tim Sasaki, Libby Bonn, Jacob and Courtney Luth Bonn, Joshua Bonn, her great-grandson, Nikolai Sasaki, and her sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Bob Mattson. She asked that those who wish to donate in her name give to Breast Cancer Action www.breastcanceraction.org for their “Think Before You Pink” campaign or to the Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org. A celebration of life for her family and friends will be held at a later date. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.