Judith Spidell Malm Gossett
Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Judith Spidell Malm Gossett, fell into God’s arms September 27, 2021. Judi was born in Rupert January 25, 1941, and grew up in Mountain Home, Idaho. She graduated from Mountain Home High School and married Clinton Malm in 1959. They were raising 4 young children together when Judi suddenly became a widow. She courageously pulled herself up and navigated the challenges of being a working single parent in the 1970s.
Judi was a probation and parole officer for the State of Idaho, until she retired. She loved her job and helped many in the system move on to a better life. Governor Cecil Andrus awarded Judi the Outstanding Corrections Officer for the entire state in 1984.
Even though she worked hard, Judi participated in her children’s activities. She once ran the down the entire length of the football field with her son, David, as he ran back a touchdown, yelling “Go David, go!” Next practice, Coach gave her a helmet of her own with a gold star on it.
Judi was adventurous and fun and the unofficial social director at every event. She never took the same mountain road twice on a trip, choosing instead to “see where this road goes.” Her grandchildren have many stories of adventures with Grandma and driving through creeks that suddenly appeared on a back mountain road.
Despite all the trials life threw at Judi, she remained positive, kind, and willing to help anyone she met along the way. You weren’t a stranger long with Judi, she had a way of making you feel she’d known you all your life. Judi forgave easily and taught us to find the humor in tough times. She encouraged and loved us unconditionally every day. We will miss her more than words can say.
Judi was preceded in death by her husband Clint, her son Bruce Malm, her brother Leon Spidell, her parents, and husband David Gossett. She leaves behind 3 children, Dana Rowett (Bob), David Malm, and Jennifer Wupper (Bob), 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, brother Norm and sisters Sheryl, Andrea, Holly, and Donna, and step-daughters Francie and Dane’ and their families.
We’ll hold a graveside service for Judi on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home, Idaho. Arrangements are under the care of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel. To protect the vulnerable, please wear a mask, regardless of your vaccination status. Judi was vaccinated, wore a mask, and never got Covid. We want to honor her in this way.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Simply Cats, Boise, in Judi’s name.