Judy Will: 1951 ~ 2016


Judy Carol Will died Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Three Rivers due to renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer).  She was 64.

Judy was born August 30, 1951, in Long Beach, Calif., to Albert and Flora Onstot. She was raised in Long Beach and attended David Starr Jordan High School.

Judy was a 38-year resident of Three Rivers. She was a food server, working at some of Three Rivers’s favorite restaurants: Ard Farkle’s Grub and Grog, White Horse Inn, and Three Rivers Drive-In.

Judy had a knack for gardening and an incredible green thumb. She tended a beautiful vegetable garden year after year.

She was an extremely private person who loved living in a remote area, off the grid. Her home was equipped with crude battery-operated, solar-powered everything long before solar became so widely established.

Judy loved and respected the local wildlife. She enjoyed her conversations with the bears that would find their way onto her front porch. 

She didn’t like the idea of killing rattlesnakes so devised a contraption to catch them live.  When slithering too close to her space, a rattlesnake would be apprehended with the catch-pole  and then placed, originally, into an ice chest for delivery off the property. That receptacle was later upgraded to a trash can. The snakes were taken to one of two nearby springs and released.

Judy’s great storytelling ability and spirituality with, and love of, nature brought her close to everyone she met. She, of course, will be greatly missed.

Judy is survived by her partner of nearly 40 years, Michael Gardiner of Kaweah; her mother, Flora Onstot, of Lake Isabella; her ex-husband, Ronald Will; son Jeffrey Will of Lake Isabella; granddaughter Savanah Will, sister Brenda Triggs; and nieces Christine Davis and Angie Bennett.

A celebration of Judy’s life was held Saturday, April 9, at Cort Gallery in Three Rivers.

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