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Judith Brandes Collier

June 11, 1941 - March 17, 2022
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Judy was born in Chicago in 1941. As a girl, Judy loved the outdoors and was very adventurous. She was a Girl Scout who enjoyed camping, canoeing, and hiking. In 1959, she attended Antioch College. She later studied abroad, in France, where she developed a love for and appreciation of travel, languages, and different cultures. She married her first husband, Stanley Brandes, in 1964. They moved to Berkeley where they both attended UC Berkeley. They lived with their two daughters for some years in Spain and Mexico. For decades, Judy was a bilingual teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She loved teaching and was deeply connected to her community. She developed educational programs for parents, wrote curricula, and became a resource teacher and project assistant for the school district. In 1992, Judy was named Teacher of the Year for Contra Costa County. Judy supported environmental, political, and local causes, and was outspoken about social justice. She remarried in 1987. She and her second husband were married for 34 years and together enjoyed folk dancing, international travel, and birdwatching. In her spare time, Judy loved researching genealogy, reading, doing puzzles, going to museums, taking walks, discussing world affairs, and spending time with her family. Judy passed away on March 17, 2022, peacefully in her sleep at her home in Berkeley. She is survived by her two daughters, Nina Hochman and Naomi Brandes, her son-in-law, Dennis Hochman, her granddaughter, Annie Stonebarger, three nieces, one nephew, and her husband, Neil Collier. A memorial service will be held in April.

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Born: June 11, 1941
Died: March 17, 2022

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Rita Dorfman posted on 3/23/22

An angel was added to heaven with your flight to the skies!

 

Helen Yune Trowbridge posted on 3/23/22

Peace and comfort to the whole family. I know how much Naomi loved her mother. Grateful for Judy’s full life and peaceful transition.

 

Jessica Craft posted on 3/23/22

Mama Judy, I don't even know how to express the sense of deep loss I'm feeling now that you're no longer here. You were a second mother to me, and your guiding hand definitely helped shaped me into the person I am today. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even be where I am today if you hadn't taken me under your wing when I was a young girl, and loved me the way you did. I hope you know how much you meant to me, and how blessed I am to have had you in my life. The world truly lost an angel with your passing, and we will forever miss you. Please be forever at peace with the angels in heaven, and know that we will always remember you with love. <3

 

Avid Alavi posted on 3/23/22

May your beautiful mama Rest In Peace. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained an angel and so have you 🙏 sending healing prayers and so much love.

 

Avid Alavi posted on 3/23/22

May your beautiful mama Rest In Peace. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained an angel and so have you 🙏 sending healing prayers and so much love.

 

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