Judith Frances Libby

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010

Former Juneau resident Judith Frances Libby died suddenly on April 12, 2010, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., where she had resided for the past three years. She was 69.

The oldest child of Francis Libby and Elaine (Clark) Libby, she was born on Sept. 29, 1940, in Portland, Maine. In 1958, she was a graduate of Deering High School in Portland, where she was captain of the field hockey team. She received her registered nursing degree from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H., in 1961.

In 1965, she married Dr. Michael T. Propst in Portland, Ore. From this union were born three sons, Christopher, Andrew and Matthew. The couple later divorced.

As a single mother, she was employed at Marie Drake Middle School in Juneau from 1976 to 1989. A lifelong learner with a thirst for adventure, she continued her education throughout her life. In addition to her RN degree, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alaska Methodist University in 1976 and a Master of Arts in transpersonal counseling psychology from the Naropa Institute in 1993. She continued to pursue her interests in New Age beliefs, alternative healing and Native American practices, and last year she became a certified Life-Coach.

She worked for more than 40 years as a registered nurse, and to satisfy her love for travel she was employed at various locations in the United States as a traveling nurse in her later years.

She had many varied interests and hobbies including visiting with family and friends, swimming, traveling, dancing (especially disco), ice skating, decorating, growing herbs and camping. One of her proudest accomplishments was hiking to the top of Mount Hood, after many of her companions had decided to abandon the ascent, where she wrote her name. She was affectionately known to her grandchildren as "The Pet Rescuer," finding homes and giving shelter to many stray animals.

She is survived by her three sons and their families, Christopher Propst and wife, Cecily Brunelli, and their three children, Aidan, Tobias and Linden, of Rock Springs, Wyo., Andrew Propst and wife, Elizabeth Emory, and their two children, Lilly and Clara, of Seattle, Wash., and Matthew Bruce and his wife, Scott Bruce, of Cathedral City, Calif.; and siblings, Theodore Libby and Andrea Ragin, both of Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the Palm Springs Spiritual Enrichment Center, 2100 E. Racquet Club Road, in Palm Springs, Calif. The family can be contacted at the following address: Christopher Propst, 326 Goldenrod Drive, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

Memorial donations can be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000; 435-644-2001; or info@bestfriends.org.

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