Malta-Judy Rustad

Malta-Judy Rustad

Judy Rustad, beloved wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend, 78, of
Malta, MT went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 4, 2020. While visiting with friends in
Polson, MT, she fell, sustained an inoperable head injury, and passed away very unexpectedly
in Missoula, MT.
Judy was born a New Year’s baby on January 1st, 1942 to Robert and Violet Anderson
in Glasgow, MT. Being the first Anderson girl, Bob rode through the countryside on horseback to
tell everyone how proud he was to have a daughter. She joined her older brother, Wes and
parents on the Anderson family ranch north of Whitewater. Judy attended school in Whitewater
before moving to Malta in 1950. While attending school in Malta, she met the love of her life,
Cliff Rustad in 1951. She graduated from Malta High School in 1959. On October 10th, 1959,
Judy married her best friend and life partner, Cliff. They made their home on the Kropp family
ranch north of Malta. On May 22nd, 1960 they welcomed their first daughter, June, to their new
little family. One year later on May 31st, 1961, Laurie was welcomed into the world, and their
perfect family was complete. They lived and worked on the family ranch until it sold in 1968,
after which they moved to town. Judy spent her life taking care of Cliff and the girls. In 1969 they
started Hi-Line Auction, and have owned and operated it ever since.
It was Judy’s life’s goal to take care of people, and that she did better than anyone. She
was the most selfless, caring, and loving person anyone could have ever known. Throughout
her life she never met a stranger, and made friends everywhere she went. After meeting her for
the first time, by the time you left her, she would know everything about you, your family, and
your life because she genuinely cared. You would be exchanging phone numbers, and you
would be lifelong friends forever. Judy wasn’t just a mom and grandma to her own kids and
grandkids, but to everyone that she met along her life’s path. She was “Mom” and “Grandma
Judy” to literally thousands of people.
Judy’s life revolved around her grandkids, Mindy and Bryan. She and Cliff spent every
waking moment they could with them. Countless days and weeks were enjoyed not only at their
home in Malta, but on many trips as well. All of the time that they spent at their place in Polson,
on Flathead Lake, was their most favorite. Judy was the BEST grandma in the world! She took
pride in her grandkids and nieces and nephews and talked about them every chance she got.
As Mindy and Bryan grew up and started families of their own, their kids became the light of her
life. She never missed a birthday, a Christmas program, a sporting event, holiday or special
event that her great-grandkids were in. It was never too far to travel to be there for them, for
anything and everything.
Judy was always very strong in her faith – teaching all of us to pray and talk to God. She
prayed for all of us every chance she got. Judy was very open about about her faith, always
inviting people to church or offering to pray for them or with them. Anyone that was alone during
holidays or difficult times was always welcome in their home and treated like family. Judy knew
where she was going and that was to heaven to join her parents and be with her Lord and
Judy is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Cliff. Daughters, June
(Frank) Durbian and Laurie Rustad, adopted son, Randy Shores. Grandchildren, Mindy (Phil)
Cramer, Bryan (Bri) Shores. Great-grandchildren, Abby and Hayden Cramer, Dax, Demi, Mila
and Sienna Shores. Brother Wes (Marlene) Anderson, and sister, Janice (Jim) Knudsen.
Sisters-in-law, Loretta (Ted) Stephens and Lola Matthews. Numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins, adopted children and grandchildren, extended family and more friends than you can
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Violet Anderson.
Thank you so much for all of your condolences, prayers and many gifts during this very
difficult time.

13 Reviews on Malta-Judy Rustad

  1. Dear Cliff and extended family,
    I love Judy. What a kind, loving person.
    She spread Jesus’ love just by being Judy.
    She will be one to welcome us into heaven when it is our time. Know that if we were there we will give all of you HUGS.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Judy was always a special person to visit. Loved talking with her. Will miss not having her there.

  3. God Bless this family!! I love you Judy. In honor of her and her family give everyone around you a big hug because that is what Judy would be doing.

  4. Cliff,
    Marillyn and I were so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. You both have had such a wonderful life together you will be able to recall many memories. Thinking of you and your family.

  5. Cliff, June and Laurie,
    We are so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. May His peace that passes all understanding surround you now and in the days to come. As believers we can boldly proclaim: … “I believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” Amen

  6. Rich & Debbie Eklund-Alseth & Family are with you in love, spirit, prayer viewing in Edmonds WA🌼

  7. My condolences Cliff and family. Just herd about Judy, She was such a good woman, who always seen the good in me. I don’t know why. But that the way she was.

  8. would you please correct yiou’re e-mail?

  9. I left a comment. did it get through?

  10. I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that you’re gone. You will be missed by so many. I never met a more caring lady. You had a heart of gold. I miss your daily messages checking up on me. Emma thought of you as her Grandma. She will miss you terribly. You are so loved.

  11. I’m sorry to read about Judy’s untimely passing. When we moved to Malta – years ago……. Judy and Cliff and you girls were so nice in welcoming us to your community. I’ve always remembered that, and every time I hear of something in Malta, you always come to mind. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. What a beautiful service…Judy was a very special Lady.. Our deepest sympathy to Cliff and Family

  13. Dear Cliff, June and Laurie,
    Please accept condolences for your loss from the Robbins’ Family. I always liked Judy and she was one of my grandmother Mabel Mead’s, (Nin) , most favorite people.
    Michael Robbins

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