Judith (Little) LaFranchi
Judith Antoinette LaFranchi, 66, passed away February 15, 2005. LaFranchi was born January 19, 1939, on the Onyett Dairy in Gridley, CA, to Irvin Leroy Little and Ella Onyett Little. LaFranchi attended College of the Pacific and graduated from Sonoma State College with a Master’s degree.
LaFranchi began showing Guernsey dairy cattle in 4-H at the age of 10 and won her first Showmanship class in 1951. Over the years she won numerous contests and was named California Guernsey Queen for the 100th California State Fair.
In 1962 she married fellow dairyman Henry LaFranchi of Calistoga. They showed Ayrshire Dairy Cattle very successfully for many years, winning the “All Americans” title many times. In 1965 they entered the National Dairy Cattle Congress Exposition in Waterloo, IA, the largest dairy cattle show in the world, winning every class they entered.
Survivors include her father Irvin Little and step-mother Pat, Gridley; brother Dennis Little and wife Loretta of Orland; son Erik LaFranchi and wife Steffani, Calistoga; daughter Cheryl LaFranchi and husband Frank Mongini, Calistoga; and grandchildren, Rachael, Logan and Ashley LaFranchi and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Contribution can be made to the California Junior Angus Association, Abbie Nelson, 12211 Pear Lane, Wilton, CA 95693.