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Judy Ann Cesspooch-Comes At Night

May 22, 1954 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 68)


Judy Ann “Nanny” Cesspooch Comes At Night, age 68, loving mother of three, grandmother of nine, and wife to Gary, passed away the morning of September 10, 2022 after a courageous battle with her health. She was held in loving comfort, in the arms of her three daughters when she left this life for the next life. Judy was a member of the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah.

Judy was born in Roosevelt, Utah to Ramon Cesspooch & Bessie Saknikent Cesspooch. She was the 10th of 14 siblings. She lived in Randlett, Utah with her family on their ranch. She had many relatives and friends. She loved scrapbooking and journaling. She wrote poems, letters, and reminders in her notebooks. She kept small treasures of her travels.

Judy's family home was surrounded with love and hardwork, with fun mixed in. Her parents' influence, molded who she became. Judy was a kind, caring, and loving person. She mailed holiday and birthday cards to the special people in her life. She was always smiling and happy. She gave her time to others. She was a gentle soul. She was humorous too and always ready to have fun.

Judy attended elementary and junior high in Fort Duchesne, Utah. She went to high school at Phoenix Indian School in Arizona and graduated in 1972. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

During Judy's high school and college years, she was known for dressing stylish. Her nickname was "Mod” to her friends. The name stuck through the years. Even after her college years, and throughout her life, she made sure she was put together and always professionally dressed for work. Her signature everyday look was trouser pants, paired with a pretty blouse, and a cardigan sweater.

In her 20s, Judy worked at the pyramid shaped, Ute Tribe's Bottle Hollow Resort in Fort Duchesne, Utah. The resort was on highway 40 passing through the reservation. She first worked in housekeeping with her sister Ramalda (and Little Anthony too at times), then became the front desk receptionist, and when the chef didn't show up, Judy filled in. She prepared all kinds of different foods.

Judy loved powwows. She was first a fancy shawl dancer, then traditional, and in her later years, a jingle dress dancer She traveled to powwows with her parents, siblings, her cousin Julie, or friends. Judy was well known for her beautiful green beadwork on her buckskin traditional dress. She was a beader and seamstress. She made her family's regalia as well as her own.

During Judy's early powwow travels, she met Gary. They instantly fell in love and began their new powwow adventures together. They made their home in Heart Butte, Montana. They raised three girls in the powwow circle: Lorinda the fancy shawl dancer, Wendee the traditional dancer, and Leah the jingle dress dancer. They hit the powwow trail every weekend traveling to powwows across the United States and Canada. As the girls grew up, it was Wendee who continued traveling with Judy. When they couldn't drive they would fly. They flew to Denver March, Red Earth, and Gathering of Nations.

Judy called powwows her time to relax. Even after the death of her husband, she continued dancing. Dancing gave her comfort as she grieved for him. Dancing was her way of life.

Judy always attended the Fourth of July powwow and Thanksgiving powwow every year in Fort Duchesne, Utah. During these trips, she spent time with her parents and family. Her brothers, sisters, and their children would also travel to Utah from their homes to be together. Visits were full of laughter, stories of growing up, some serious games of rummy at the table, and of course, the competitive volleyball game. Family photos were a tradition with many photographers, so there was a lot of posing. Judy enjoyed spending time with her Utah family very much.

When Judy and Gary had their three girls, she was a stay at home mom. She wanted to stay home to raise her children during their younger years. She was the best mother to them. She read nightly bedtime stories, played with them, and provided a loving home. The girls would play dress up with her "stylish” clothes and shoes. They got into her jewelry box filled with turquoise and silver treasures that she kept put away. She tried to get after them, but she couldn't be mean, she didn't have a mean bone in her body. She would laugh with them and help them put her prized possessions away. She and Gary raised their girls well.

Judy worked as a substitute administrative assistant at the Heart Butte School during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1995 she was hired full-time as an administrative assistant. She was a familiar face at the school when everything kept changing. She was also the only employee who knew the trick to opening the vault. She worked even as her illness progressed. She had her own parking spot close to the door. The students made a sign for her that read: Judy's Parking Spot. Her coworkers and the kids loved her and she loved them.

Judy was a member of the Heart Butte community for more than 40 years. She was known for her birthday dinners she cooked for her girls and husband. She watched children for those who needed a sitter. She took the girls and their cousins to town to do their laundry. She always had room at the dinner table for guests. Judy was a contributor to her community.

Judy enjoyed watching the Warriors play basketball, especially her daughters Lorinda and Wendee. She and Gary traveled to all of their games. They also enjoyed watching their son-in-law Wayne and the Warriors win all of their games and winning the State C Championship Title. They always sat at center court, mid level, wearing their Warrior gear, cheering loudly, and eating popcorn.

Judy became a grandma at the young age of 45. She said she didn't look like a grandma. Instead of being called grandma, she preferred Nanny. She was Nanny to all the grandchildren who she loved very much. Little Mila was her sidekick after Grandpa passed. Nanny will forever be in your hearts Wayne, Tai, Tatum, Liam, Lauren, Quintin, Mason, Mila, and Mileena. Never forget how much she loved each of you.

Judy enjoyed roadtrips to concerts with her daughters Wendee and Leah. She seen Linkin Park twice singing along to the songs. She also enjoyed concerts in her younger years. Her favorite bands where Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and Black Sabbath. She had fun dancing near the stage with her friends and showing Leah how they danced. Leah asked repeatedly how they danced. Judy would show her again and again laughing.

Judy loved to visit her daughter Lorinda's family. She traveled to Washington, Germany, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Texas. They would spoil her with food from many cultures and take her sight seeing and shopping. Her son-in-law Wayne is a Soldier in the U.S. Army and she was very proud of him. She always made it to his important milestones throughout his 20 year career. She was also able attend her three oldest grandchildren's high school graduations in Texas.

As Judy's illness progressed, her daughter Leah, became her caregiver. Even though she moved slowly, it didn't stop Judy from going on her adventures. Whether it was her and Leah driving to the city for shopping and groceries; or her son-in-law Beaver being her chauffeur, even driving her to Texas and back home. Nothing could stop Judy from traveling. She was able to travel back home one last time before she passed.

Judy had a good life and we understand that Creator has a plan for each of us. She was needed. We take comfort in knowing she is with our dad and our loved ones who passed on. She is now our guardian angel.

Judy is survived by her daughter Lorinda & son-in-law Wayne Racine and grandchildren: Wayne, Tai, Tatum, Liam, and Lauren; Her daughter Wendee Comes At Night & son-in-law Victor Day Rider and her grandchildren: Quintin, Mason, & Mila Tsinijinnie, and Mileena Day Rider; Her daughter Leah Comes At Night and son-in-law Merle “Beaver” Trombley; and step daughter Jill Salway. She cherished her family.

Judy Ann is survived by her brothers: Evans Cesspooch, Curtis Cesspooch, Woodrow Cesspooch, Rudy Cesspooch, and Melvin Cesspooch; sisters: Vina C. Maske, Ramada C. Guzman, and Loretta C. Mojado; and her many relatives and friends. She loved all of you very much.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband Gary; four angel baby grandchildren; her parents Ramon and Bessie; brothers: Bryson Cesspooch, Adrian Cesspooch, and Everett Cesspooch; sisters: Ophelia C. Borja and Lucinda Cesspooch. We know they welcomed her with open arms.

Judy will be greatly missed by her daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren, her brothers and sisters, her cousins, her nieces and nephews, her in-laws, her coworkers, and her many friends & powwow family around the country.

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