Judi Carlile, at the age of 73 passed away on December 3, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family. Judi was born in Inglewood, CA on October 17, 1948, and spent her early years in Inglewood, CA, Bishop, CA, Alaska, Arizona, finally settling in Tahoe City, CA with her mom and stepdad, Carson, and Margaret Birmingham. Judi’s dad, Fred Sayre, along with his wife, Dorothy, resided in Tucson.
He was a retired Air Force high ranking officer who flew in WWII. Judi and Jack loved spending time with them whenever they had the opportunity. Judi graduated from High School while living in Tahoe City, attended the University of Nevada Reno and graduated in1971 with an education degree. Judi met the love of her life and soul mate, Jack Carlile, that same year and after a whirlwind courtship of less than 90 days was married in June 1971 right after graduating from college. Judi would later go on to obtain her master’s degree in Education plus 32 credits towards her PhD. She taught at various elementary schools throughout her teaching career until her retirement in 2012 and then continued to substitute teach as her schedule allowed.
Jack and Judi welcomed their son, Jason, on January 19,1974 and daughter, Jessica, on February 23, 1977. Their lives were busy and memorable as they navigated mail route contracts with the kids in tow. They estimated the kids had more than 80,000 miles logged as little passengers on the mail routes. They became promoters of their paint horses Smilin Jack and Mr. Jay Bar which became IVJ Horses. Judi became an accomplished horsewoman and spent many hours in and out of the show ring. When Ford Motor Company introduced the Ford Pinto, Judi and Jack were contacted and asked to find site locations for the television ads and Ford also used a picture of their paint filly, Fantasia, as the emblem for their advertising.
Judi and family lived primarily in the Reno/Fernley area and did stray out to North Carolina for several years before returning to the Reno/Carson City area. While in Columbus, North Carolina, Judi opened a small florist/gift shop called “Wild by Nature”. Just another one of her many talents that she possessed.
It is hard to summarize 73 years of a wonderful life and more than 50 years of a marriage that many couples would aspire to.
Judi leaves behind her husband, Jack, of more than 50 years; Jason and Jessica; Border Terriers, Sally Mae and Brodie, and many other family members and friends who are thankful to have had Judi in their lives.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday May 7th at The Jackpot Crossing (behind Slot World), 1897 N Edmonds Drive, Carson City, NV from 11:00 am to 2:00pm. The family would enjoy visiting and sharing memories of Judi at this Celebration. Please RSVP to 775-397-2781 as this Celebration is going to be catered and we want to be sure to have enough food and beverage for all.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Judi’s name, the American Cancer Society or Tunnels to Towers.