Judie Spangler Inscoe
Sept. 30, 1948 – Feb. 24, 2018
Judie Spangler Inscoe, 70, died on Feb. 24, 2018, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. She passed away due to long-standing medical issues, the family wrote.
“Her laughter, her love of life, and her confident nature will be greatly missed by anyone who knew her,” they wrote.
Judie was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on Sept. 30, 1948, to Beulah Irene Spangler and Jackson Spangler. She, her two brothers Jack and Jerry, and her sister, Janet, were raised by their mother in Suitland, Maryland.
Not long after finishing high school, Judie moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she worked as a waitress, an 8-track regional distributor and a draftsman for a manufacturing company, in addition to other jobs. She loved living at the beach.
“Judie has always had that confidence; it came so natural to her,” the family wrote.
Soon after marrying Eddie Inscoe, her husband for many years, she gave birth to their son, Mark. They opened a dog kennel and grooming business, which, in time, grew to have many, many clients and offered other services. They had also owned a restaurant and Invisible Fencing dealership. Judie was always quick to mention that, “Mark would help in the kennel after getting off the school bus.”
After divorcing Eddie, Judie owned and managed MeadowSweet Kennels for several years until relocating to Alaska.
In 1993, Judie met Chris Hannon, her loving partner of 25 years, and in 2000 they took off on that big adventure: moving to Alaska. They had visited Homer three times throughout the 1990s and were tired of just being “tourists.” Judie truly loved living in Alaska: the wildlife, the different seasons, her summer flowers, the slower pace of living in Homer, spending time with fiends, and so much more.
“Judie always loved to try new things (and) have new experiences. Whether it was living in Alaska, (becoming) a licensed pilot, to skydiving, sailing in Greece or Key West, (and) showing her dogs competitively, winning many awards and ‘Best in Shows,’” the family wrote.
In Judie’s last few years, she faced many medical challenges, but always bounced back with her renewed optimism toward life.
“She seemed to keep a smile all day, never had a cross word with anyone, and was fond of helping others, were her many friends who had cared for her,” the family wrote.
Judie is preceded in death by her grandmother, Maggie Painter; and her mother, Beulah Irene Spangler.
She is survived by her son, Mark Inscoe of Wilmington, North Carolina; daughter, Beth Harward (Reed) of Clarksburg, West Virginia; granddaughter, Blake Inscoe Somise (Zack) of Wilmington, North Carolina; brothers, Jack Spangler (Brenda) of LaFayette, Georgia and Jerry Spangler (Robyn) of Fleetwood, North CArolina; and sister, Janet Craiger, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.
A memorial is planned for a later date with friends and family.