A memorial gathering honoring and remembering Judy Howell Young will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at Rice Funeral Service and Cremation Center. The family will receive friends during this time. Interment will be private at Oak Haven Memorial Gardens.
Judy passed away early Wednesday morning, Nov. 16, 2016 in Claremore. She was born July 10, 1937 in Benton, Illinois, the daughter of Chester and Jean (Elkins) Ford. Judy grew up in a coal mining family and they lived in various locations throughout Southern Illinois. She graduated from Carlinville High School with the Class of 1956.
Following high school, Judy attended Belleville Area College where she earned her degree in Nursing and Physical Therapy. She was employed by many healthcare facilities throughout southern Illinois and eventually Tulsa. Judy moved to Claremore in 1970 while pursuing a new career as a safety supervisor with Peabody Coal. This industry introduced her to the love of her life, Lloyd "Red" Young, whom respected and loved her dearly. The couple married and bonded two families into one which remain very close to this day. Judy and Red established Forget-Me-Not Gift Baskets in 1987 that operated successfully in Tulsa until 2006.
Judy had a tremendous love for her family and was known by all to be a very caring and giving person. She loved to sing, dance, and was always a huge fan of Elvis Presley. Judy decorated an entire wall in her home with Elvis collectibles and memorabilia. She loved writing poetry and bird feeding. Judy was also a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Baseball was a big part of Judy's life and a common ground for many members of her loving family. The city of St. Louis has remained a special place for her family to meet for reunions and attend Cardinal games. She was truly a special person and will be treasured in our hearts forever.
Judy is survived by her children: Mike Howell, C.B. Howell and wife Mary, Rick Howell, Kathy Howell Holt, Richard Young and wife Connie, and Debbie Hartmann and husband Uwe; her brother Brad Ford and wife Hilaire; ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Tim Ford.
Contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org. You are invited to share memories of Judy at www.ricefuneralservice.com.
Published on November 18, 2016