The Reno-Carson community lost a legend Saturday morning March 27, 2021. After 88 years of fun, love, dancing, adventure, careers, and leading her large family, Judith Marie Rippetoe passed away at home. Born Judith Gay Regelbrugge, she was an independent woman from the start. She loved her childhood and often shared stories and tall tales of time with her daddy and her little dog, Black Pal. She was blessed with three loving siblings: Ed, John and Mercedes to whom she was a sister, friend, and confidant.
Like Frank Sinatra, she did things her way. Always a trend setter, she set out for the College of Pacific in Stockton, California as a single female in 1950. There, she met the love of her life, Travis “Monk” Massingill who gave her two beautiful daughters and thus her very beloved grandchildren. Sadly, God soon took her Monk away in a car accident. Judith’s life was often joy in the face of hardship, a testament to human spirit and perseverance. She was employed by the Nevada State Highway Department and raised her daughters in Carson City.
Those who knew “JuJu” knew an outgoing firebrand with a wit and sense of humor that could rival any comedian. She was generous beyond measure, loved pretty things, was an excellent cook, and shared her home with friends and family every chance she could get. She is now finally reunited in love with her husband. We will miss you everyday JuJu and thank you for teaching us that life is about love, fun, and memories. You were a contender! She is survived by her daughters Mary Massingill, Rebecca Massingill, son in-law Paul Lathrop, grandchildren, Paul Travis and Laura Beth Lathrop, brother Ed Regelbrugge, wife Antoinette and family, Mercedes Woodin, husband William and family, brother John Regelbrugge and family.
She will rest in peace in Winters, CA.Judith Marie Rippetoe1932 – 2021