Judith Suzanne McVay

Judith Suzanne McVay passed away at home surrounded by the love of her daughters on April 25, 2019.

Judy was born in Portage, Wisc., on May 17, 1938, to John Nugent and Viola Zamzow Nugent. Judy was the oldest of ?ve children. Sisters were Alice Mahoney (Robert), Kathleen Branch and Nancy Cargin (Rodger) and brother was Patrick Nugent (Bonnie). In 1956 Judy married her high- school sweetheart Eugene Bliss. Eugene enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Judy and Eugene had three daughters, Sue, Kym and Debbie.

As a Navy family, the Bliss family lived in many places. They moved to China Lake in 1968. Judy started working on the base as a civil service employee in the Public Works Department in 1970. She worked at China Lake until 1974.

Eugene’s last duty station before retirement was at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Judy worked for base security there until 1978. In 1979, after her divorce, she moved back to China Lake and went back to work at Public Works until her retirement in 1993. In 1980 Judy married her soulmate, James McVay. They enjoyed years of traveling, along with many fun?lled hunting and ?shing trips. Judy loved to cook and entertain. Holidays were always hosted at her home with family and friends. Summers were always poolside with kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Jim sadly passed away in 2007. He had two children, Kirsten McVay and Roderick McVay.

Judy is survived by her daughters Sue Bliss Woitte (Budd), Kym Bliss and Deborah Bliss Struska (Frank) and stepson Roderick McVay; and her grandchildren Jacquelynn Harris Roberts, Dennis Cane, Eryn Cane, Maxwell Cane, Ben Bliss Struska, Shane Lloyd and Gabriella Mendoza. Judy also leaves behind 17 great grandchildren.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband James McVay, ?rst husband Eugene Bliss and stepdaughter Kirsten McVay.

Judy also leaves behind her neighbors Ryan Lechner and Frank White, who spent a lot of time with her.

Judy will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

— Submitted by the family of Judith McVay

Story First Published: 2019-05-24