Jul 24, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterFriends of Judith Nethercott said the Riverton woman had just begun a new chapter in her life when she was killed Saturday in a Utah car crash.
Nethercott, 65, had retired in September from her job at Central Wyoming College, and her coworkers said she was looking forward to the future.
"It was kind of a happy time for her -- she'd paid her dues," scholarship and admissions technician Kathryn DeWitt said Wednesday. "She has grandbabies (out of town), so she was going to be traveling and seeing them. She was really excited to get to do all this stuff. ... For this to happen is just a tragedy."
According to published reports, Nethercott was involved in a head-on collision at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 80 in Summit County, Utah, about 12 miles north of Coalville, Utah.
Utah Highway Patrol officials said an eastbound Mazda sedan driven by Kallie Nelson, 29, of Henefer, Utah, crossed the highway's median for unknown reasons and struck Nethercott's Mercury sport utility vehicle in the westbound lane. Both women died at the scene and were the only people involved in the crash.
Nethercott worked in CWC's financial aid office for decades after moving to Riverton from Jackson with her late husband, Jim.
DeWitt called Nethercott a "mentor" for the department.
"People would come into her office (and) chat with her about everything," DeWitt said. "Judy wanted to know what was going on in all of our lives. ... We could all sit there for hours and talk to her, and she'd tell us what she thought. We'd yak about politics - anything -- family, the kids, her grandkids."
Nethercott also reached out to CWC students, DeWitt said, getting involved on campus and serving the community through her support of Trinity Lutheran Church.
"She was willing to help the students, willing to meet new people," DeWitt said. "She was a wonderful gal (and) an awesome person to work with. ... We loved her, (and) we're really going to miss her."
Nethercott's husband worked as a law enforcement officer in the county until his death in 2009. DeWitt said the couple was well-known in the community.
"They have roots here," she said.
Nethercott's funeral is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran, 419 E. Park Ave.
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