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Judy Mallett (née Smedley) is the late wife of Gary Mallett, and mother to twins Billy and Becky.

The Malletts moved into 9 Coronation Street in October 1995 and, impressed with the house, Judy bragged to her friends that it had stone-cladding and a mini-bar. An arcade assistant, Judy later began working as a barmaid at the Rovers Return.

Brash, emotional and one of the girls, Judy always seemed to have a huge grin on her face - when she wasn’t arguing with Gary - but was not the sort of person to pick fights with, as Jack and Vera Duckworth learnt when faulty wiring in their old house electrocuted her husband.

Longing to have children of her own, Judy was devastated upon being told that she couldn’t bare them. But, together with Gary, she planned to adopt teen tearaway Zoe Tattersall’s daughter Shannon (who they renamed Katie Joyce). Eventually, Zoe reclaimed her daughter and the Malletts found happiness again when they were blessed with twins in December 1998.

Less than a year later, Judy died of an embolism - caused by a car crash which had occurred weeks earlier, having been supplied a cut-and-shut car by Terry Duckworth.

Biography

Judy moved into the Duckworths old house with husband Gary when Jack and Vera Duckworth bought the Rovers.

Always close to her mother, Judy was devastated when she was killed in a hit and run accident. Judy always wanted children, and when she eventually fell pregnant, she and Gary were overjoyed. She gave birth to twins on Christmas Day in 1998.

On the day of Ashley and Maxine Peacock's wedding, Judy stayed at home complaining of pains in her leg that didn't go away. Despite Emily's protests, Judy refused to rest and whilst Emily went to town to pick up some things for her, Judy decided to hang out the washing. She suffered a sudden embolism brought on by a car crash caused by a cut-and-shut car that Terry Duckworth had supplied and died almost instantly. The residents of the street were devastated, none more so than Gary, who held Judy's lifeless body in his arms, weeping and saying she was the only woman he'd ever loved.

First and last lines

"No wonder he's got a gut on him. D'you know he just ate a pork pie?" (first line, to Jack and Vera Duckworth about her husband Gary)

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"Gary..." (Final line, whispered quietly before her death)

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