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Judith (Judi) Margaret Savage

"SHE NEVER KNEW A STRANGER" March 29, 1941 – April 17, 2018

 

Judith (Judi) Margaret Savage passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. She was born in Long Creek, Oregon, March 29, 1941, to Orville "Cook" and Levon "Bonnie" Allen of Fox, Oregon, attended first grade in John Day (Bertha Johns, teacher), Fox and Long Creek, graduating from Long Creek High School in May of 1958.

She married James Madras Hunt in September of 1958 and they both worked for her grandparents at Farra's Saddle and Harness Shop in John Day. She studied under her grandfather, Harley, to learn leather tooling, saddle making and shoe and tack repair. In 1965, she and friend Evelyn Ray traveled to New York City to appear on the TV show "What's My Line?". She stumped the crew with her ability as a woman saddle maker. (YouTube "What's My Line?," 1965, episode 81, Judy Hunt; Won $50)

She designed the art on several of the saddles she stamped and was assisted by Grandpa in constructing numerous saddles, breast collars, belts, briefcases, photo albums and numerous other leather items.

After Judi and Jim divorced, she decided it was time to pursue a college degree. She attended Blue Mountain College, and later Eastern Oregon, graduating in 1970 with her degree in Secondary Education and Minor in Art. After a short teaching career, she decided teaching was not for her so she went to work for Boise Cascade in LaGrande for approximately 10 years. During this time, she married Ranny Savage. When that marriage ended, her next move was to Coulee Dam, Washington, where she worked on a ranch and had a shoe repair business for a time.

In Coulee Dam, she met her friend Scott Scallen, and they lived in Coulee Dam for numerous years until health issues arose for both. She gained a new family with Scott's daughters Carla, Gina and Shelly and their families. She moved to Union in 2016 to live by Levon.

Judi and Scott participated on the 1995 Oregon Sesquicentennial Wagon Train from Idaho to Oregon City, and different ones the Pendleton Roundup organized as outriders. She made numerous friends while on the adventures with the Wagon Trains over the years. She loved the wagon train memories and friends.

She is survived by friend, Scott Scallen, Coulee Dam; daughter, Levon Hunt – Baremore (Dennis), Union, Oregon; siblings: sister, Beth Allen-Cherry (Orb), Hermiston, Oregon, brother, Harley Allen (Sherrie), Mt Vernon, Oregon, and sister, Linda Allen-Holland (Jerry), John Day, Oregon; grandsons: Deven, Pendleton, Oregon, and Jack Baremore (Britteny), Union, Oregon; great-grandson: Trenton Baremore; Billie Savage-Scott, Carla, Gina and Shelly, of Coulee Dam; and nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Services for Judi will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Fox Cemetery, Fox, Oregon.

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