June 24, 1925 – September 4, 2021 Jessie died peacefully on September 4, 2021 in the Jewish old people’s home, where she lived for a long time. She was 96 years old. Jessie was born in New York and was named after her mother, Jessie Portugal, who died in childbirth. When Jessie was a young girl, the family moved to the Los Angeles area, where she would spend the rest of her life. Jessie graduated from LA High and soon after worked at Farmers Insurance, where she remained as a secretary for over 30 years. She was an incredible typist with 120 WPM and mastered shorthand too. She has used this ability her entire life making shopping and to-do lists, and hiding potential gifts for her family! Jessie met her future husband Albert in the jewelry store he owned with his brother Harry. Not only did she gain the love of her life (they were married for 67 years before Albert passed away in 2015), but also a lifelong love of jewelry! The bigger the bling, the better, and Albert was always ready to help. Jessie and Albert had a large group of friends and loved socializing. Seldom was Saturday night when they weren’t at home at the newest hot restaurant, party, or entertainment. Jessie was an excellent cook who loved hosting her extended family for holiday get-togethers like Passover and Thanksgiving. Jessie was an avid tennis player and later fell in love with golf. She played with a women’s group every Friday and looked good doing it – everything fit, from the visor to the golf shoe! She once said, “Your shots won’t always be great, but you can look good when you hit them!” As you can imagine, Jessie had a great sense of humor. She loved to play Pan and the slot machines in Las Vegas or Indian casinos. Jessie also had a philanthropic side, raising money for the City of Hope for many years. Jessie leaves behind her son Barry Judis (Sam), daughter Janine D’Amico and Danielle Judis, and grandson Cody Bias. The family would like to thank the carers and all the staff of the Jewish old people’s home in Reseda, especially Aura Cabrera, who has taken such wonderful care of Jessie over the last 5 years of her life. There are angels walking among us and aura is really one; we wish her a happy retirement.
Published by the Los Angeles Times September 17-19, 2021.