In April, the sisters stayed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and had a fabulous time. Then, in July, Mrs. Wooten went to Santa Monica, where she and her sister toured Universal Studios, the Santa Monica Pier and Wisteria Lane, capped off by a day trip back to Vegas.
“Judy had such a sense of adventure and she was always ready to laugh and have fun,” Ms. Stoddard said.
Mrs. Wooten particularly loved her red Corvette convertible. She and her husband of 28 years, Rilie Wooten of Canton, had a small miniature Corvette collection and attended Corvette car shows and anniversaries whenever possible.
Mrs. Wooten grew up in Buckhead and worked at several places around the metro area. At the time of her death, she was employed as the office manager of Wild Hair Salon in Cumming. “Judy adored the social aspect of her job and she loved to entertain and be entertained. She lit up a room,” said her boss, Frank Provenzano.
Her daughter, Pamela Coster of Murrells Inlet, S.C., said she and her mother grew up together. “She never told me what to do and she always respected my decisions and helped me make the best of them.”
Mrs. Coster once asked her mother why she read the newspaper obituaries daily and Mrs. Wooten said, “We’re not all famous and we’re all going to die someday and if I read them, then I’m one more person who knew that person existed and where they came from.”
Her daughter said Mrs. Wooten had some tragedies in her life, but she never let them define her and she always came back stronger than ever.
Additional survivors include a son, Kevin Carter of Ball Ground; another sister, Susan Davis of Canton; and two grandsons.