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9-8-21, Judith Lanen Grange, 79

Born to Leonard and Anna Lanen on August 16, 1942, in Oakland, California, the oldest of three children, Judy was athletic, enjoyed the outdoors, and was active in the Girl Scouts.

She was the first in the Oakland area to earn the Mariner Girl Scout Helmsman award and earned the Curved Bar, the highest award at that time.

Judy graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland. She then attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1964 with a degree in Social Welfare.

Always wanting to travel, Judy and a friend spent the summer of 1964 driving around the USA and visited all but one of the National Parks.

She worked as a social worker in Santa Cruz until marrying Burnell Grange (Burnie), a fellow Berkeley student, in March 1966. They moved to Walnut Creek and spent many weekends hiking and camping in Yosemite and exploring Northern California.

The summer of 1969 was spent touring Europe by car before relocating to Indiana where Burnie obtained his Engineering Ph.D. at Purdue University.

Before leaving Indiana in 1973, they had two children, and their young family moved to Phoenix for four years before ultimately settling in Southern California.

Judy enrolled in law school while raising two young children, and graduated from Loyola Law School in 1981.

She opened her own practice, eventually joining a firm as a named partner, specializing in estate planning and Elder Law.

Judy continued to pursue her lifelong enthusiasm for outdoor activities and travel, and she and Burnie spent many weekends sailing in Southern California, particularly trips to Catalina island, and traveling the world. They became SCUBA certified and were active members of the King Harbor Yacht Club.

When their children left home, they moved onto their boat and, after retiring in 1998, sailed the coasts of California and Mexico for the better part of a decade. A meticulous planner, Judy made the various trips fun adventures and she particularly enjoyed sitting out on the deck and watching the sunset every evening.

After moving off their boat in the mid-2000s, Judy and Burnie settled in Ojai, volunteered at HELP of Ojai, joined the Sespe Fly Fishers, Channel Islands Wood Turners, and Camarillo Quilters Association. Judy was an accomplished seamstress, who designed and created many quilts for family and friends.

One depicting sea life that she made for a granddaughter won the 2010 Viewers’ Choice Award at the Quilting by the Sea event in Ventura. Never one to sit still for very long, Judy continued to plan trips, and she and Burnie traveled throughout the USA and Canada taking long trips by car or rail every summer, camping and fly fishing along the way.

Following a long illness, Judy died peacefully at home surrounded by family on September 8, 2021. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years Burnell Grange, her two children, Jennifer (Harry) Ermoian of Davis and Jeffrey Grange of Santa Barbara, two granddaughters, Anna Ermoian and Claire Ermoian of Davis, her brother William (Donna) Lanen of San Diego and numerous nieces and nephews. Her sister Alice Lanen Karleskint of Santa Barbara predeceased her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.

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