Judith L. Vulliet
Judith Loveland Vulliet died at home in the arms of her husband on the morning of Oct. 14, 2004, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 59.
A celebration of her life will begin with a potluck buffet from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Freedom From Hunger, 1644 DaVinci Court in Davis. Dress will be casual, with Hawaiian and floral prints preferred.
Born in Silver Spring, Md., on June 24, 1945, she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in 1963. She then served with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica for four years.
Upon returning to the United States, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She then worked at Colorado State University in student personnel while simultaneously earning her M. Ed.; there she met and married her husband. She went on to five years as the assistant director of student placement at Texas A&M University.
Coming to Davis in 1988, she began a decade of work in several capacities for the nonprofit Freedom From Hunger, where she dedicated herself to its mission of empowering women in developing countries with innovative economic and educational self-help programs. She left Freedom From Hunger to earn her K-12 teacher certification from National University.
Upon graduation, she worked as a bilingual teacher at Anderson Elementary and C.A. Jacobs Middle schools in Dixon. Her unending passion for helping people brought her back to Freedom From Hunger to work as a volunteer on a variety of tasks when her cancer-associated fatigue prohibited full-time classroom teaching.
She was highly regarded for her enthusiasm for life and optimism. She touched the lives of many. Her warmth and integrity, good sense of humor, and a refusal to take herself too seriously were treasured by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Thomas Mengel.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Richard Vulliet; her sons, Robert, and Philip and his wife Lisa,granddaughter Hailey and mother Joan Loveland Mengel, all of Davis; and sister, Nancy Mengel Rosensweig, brother J. Thomas Mengel and his wife Alida, and nephews Gregory and J.T. Mengel, all of Denver.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be sent to Freedom From Hunger, 1644 DaVinci Court, Davis, CA 95616.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, October 21, 2004, (Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise." (315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616) <http://www.davisenterprise.com/>
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