Judith Rife

Judith “Judy” Glee Menzelli Clift Rife, passed away, July 21, 2020 in Kanab, UT at the age of 76. Judy was born May 7, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA, to Areleta Gladys Porter and Harry E. Marcum, later adopted by Frank C. Menzelli.

She is survived by her three siblings; Gail (Bob) Johnson, Joy Fischer and Michael Menzelli; four children; Rene (Daniel) Tucker, Donna (Cordell) Hellstrom, Kelly (Larry) Jackson and Tod (Becky) Clift; 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Judy was preceded in death by both parents, first husband Harvey J. Clift and granddaughter Bailey Jandell Clift.

Later in life she met and married Dan E. Rife in 2010 and enlarged her family with three more children; Shane Rife, Shelly (Brent) Kotter and Geno Rife; 7 more grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Judy loved the outdoors, including camping, fishing, archery and playing golf. She played on many bowling leagues and loved the game of Bingo! She loved baking and you could count on getting that yummy Amish friendship bread from her or maybe one of her many crocheted blankets. Animals were her next best friend. She would rescue most any four legged creature; in fact, at one time she had five dogs and three cats and considered herself to be in heaven. She had the same love for her family and friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren looked forward to receiving their birthday cards from Grandma – “GG”.

Graveside services will be held on friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Kanab city cemetery.

Thank you to Mosdell Mortuary in Kanab, all the many health care workers of Kane County hospital and the Kanab 6th ward for their wonderful support.


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  1. Becky Wheeler July 28, 2020 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Judy was such a special and sweet lady. She was my sister Cheryl’s “sister wife” as they would say. It’s not the norm for ex’s to be such great friends, but Cheryl and Judy did it for the sake of their kids! I treasure the memories of Judy and know that she’s happy with Harvey and the others who have gone on before her. Bless all of you dearest nieces and nephews, Aunt Becky loves you so much and I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there. Hugs and prayers at this difficult time.

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