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Judy was born January 6, 1961 to loving parents, Dale and Joan Rockafellow in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She was the third of four children. Brother Mark and sisters Annette and Melinda. Judy was a loving and supportive wife to Don Garrison, mother to Ashley Smith, and step-mother to Amy Savala and Keith Garrison. Her greatest happiness was being a grandmother to Nevin, Kaelin, Melody, Oscar, Grant and David.

Our beloved Judy
We admired her for so many things.

She was Happy.
A happier soul you could not find on this earth. She always had a cheerful attitude and a smile to offer anyone she met. The blues never lingered around her. She had great compassion and would lend an ear and give you her whole heart in support. She gathered friends like a bouquet of flowers. Her laughter was infectious and genuine. She never complained about what life handed her—even in her illness.

She was fearless, strong and creative.
Nothing could stand in her way. Everyday held the opportunity to achieve a new goal. Mastering a new skill or designing a special piece of jewelry was a frequent occurrence. I never thought that a blow torch could bring such happiness but it did! She was a fantastic cook too. The recipes she shared are to be treasured.

She was devoted to her animals.
She spent many days loving them all as much as they loved her. Horses, dogs, cats and chickens all benefited from her watchful eye. She never smiled more than when she was riding free on the back of her horse. Our hearts smile knowing she is saddling up Iceman for a ride right now!

She was patient, and kind to a fault.
She welcomed you with open arms.
She loved deeply and with all her heart.
She was the epitome of how to be a good person.

All these things combined is what made her so very special to anyone who had the chance to meet her.

Till we meet again, farewell my sweet Judy.
Love you lots.

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15 responses to “Judy Garrison Obituary”

  1. Tom Sacrinty says:

    Don: Very sorry for your loss. My wife and I are Praying for you and your whole family. Remember God is always with us through the bad times and Good.
    Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

  2. Nichole de Parra says:

    The only reason why we feel this level of sadness is because of the love we feel for that person we lost. The grief is actually the love we feel for that person. It’s a reminder that we loved once and that love will remain within us. Hence, grief is love persevering.

  3. Theresa “Noni” Rudder says:

    Don: Jack and I enjoyed getting to know Judy when we all attended Melody’s graduation. She truly was a happy and delightful person. We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. God bless you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Jack and Theresa Rudder

  4. Veronika Mosley says:

    Smile bright and hug tight my dear friend! I will miss you Judy, but I will keep smiling in your honor. Lots of prayers and love are being sent to you all!
    Love you Judy!

  5. Susan Phillips says:

    Judy was always so happy and friendly to those she met at the college. She will be missed here as well.

  6. Nayla Ramirez says:

    What a beautiful obituary. I feel so fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to know Judy. She will be missed.

  7. Dan Rockafellow says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. I regret not having more time to see her on this earth. From what I have heard, she is enjoying her heavenly home now and her faith is also something to be cherished and admired. God bless you Don, and family. My prayer is that Judy’s character and faith will live on in you and give you peace and joy.

  8. Lewis Amundson says:

    So many good memories, growing up with her and the rest of the cousins. Condolences and strength to all the family.

  9. Debra Phillips says:

    Heaven has a new Angel. May your family know the peace that comes with knowing such an honored lady.

  10. Doug Wegner says:

    Don, I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family, for strength, healing, and peace through this time.

  11. Gayle H says:

    While working with Judy in the CAC Business Division she was a treasured colleague! Her kindness and helpfulness was always in abundance and appreciated by all its members! Her love of life in many areas filled us, as she always offered assistance, good ideas and more. So very sorry to family for your loss, but her passion will live on in you she leaves behind.

  12. Jennie Lee V says:

    Judy was a wonderful soul and a brilliant artist. Her love of life and joy in simple things made her such a pleasure to be around. She would often come into my office and show me her latest artistic jewelry project. They were all so skillfully done, carefully polished, intricately designed, and really beautiful. She talked freely and lovingly about her children and grandchildren and I am certain they all have a guardian angel now and forever. I will miss Judy.

  13. Vaun Day says:

    I already miss Judy. She was so fun to work with and I loved her amazing sense of humor. She always had some type of project going and was an amazing artist too. She was very dependable with her job and even though we hadn’t worked in the same office for a couple of years, it was always great when we would see each other out on campus. She had a great passion for dogs, cats, and horses. Most recently, she had adopted some hens. Our backgrounds were similar and we’d visit about things on the farm. She was always up early each morning to complete her chores before coming to work.

  14. Ann (Rockafellow) Johnson says:

    A wonderful tribute to Judy! Judy was a sweet and beloved cousin. Dave and I send our sympathy and love to all of her family. Ann (Rockafellow) Johnson

  15. Bud Rago says:

    Don and family,
    Brenda and I are so sorry for your loss of Judy. As we knew she was the light of your lives and was so kind to everyone amd everything she touched.. May God Bless you Don, the family and especially Judy in her walk Him now. Praying for all of you. Love you brother!!
    Bud & Brenda Rago

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Judy Garrison Obituary


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Judy was born January 6, 1961 to loving parents, Dale and Joan Rockafellow in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She was the third of four children. Brother Mark and sisters Annette and Melinda. Judy was a loving and supportive wife to Don Garrison, mother to Ashley Smith, and step-mother to Amy Savala and Keith Garrison. Her greatest happiness was being a grandmother to Nevin, Kaelin, Melody, Oscar, Grant and David.

Our beloved Judy
We admired her for so many things.

She was Happy.
A happier soul you could not find on this earth. She always had a cheerful attitude and a smile to offer anyone she met. The blues never lingered around her. She had great compassion and would lend an ear and give you her whole heart in support. She gathered friends like a bouquet of flowers. Her laughter was infectious and genuine. She never complained about what life handed her—even in her illness.

She was fearless, strong and creative.
Nothing could stand in her way. Everyday held the opportunity to achieve a new goal. Mastering a new skill or designing a special piece of jewelry was a frequent occurrence. I never thought that a blow torch could bring such happiness but it did! She was a fantastic cook too. The recipes she shared are to be treasured.

She was devoted to her animals.
She spent many days loving them all as much as they loved her. Horses, dogs, cats and chickens all benefited from her watchful eye. She never smiled more than when she was riding free on the back of her horse. Our hearts smile knowing she is saddling up Iceman for a ride right now!

She was patient, and kind to a fault.
She welcomed you with open arms.
She loved deeply and with all her heart.
She was the epitome of how to be a good person.

All these things combined is what made her so very special to anyone who had the chance to meet her.

Till we meet again, farewell my sweet Judy.
Love you lots.

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15 responses to “Judy Garrison Obituary”

  1. Tom Sacrinty says:

    Don: Very sorry for your loss. My wife and I are Praying for you and your whole family. Remember God is always with us through the bad times and Good.
    Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

  2. Nichole de Parra says:

    The only reason why we feel this level of sadness is because of the love we feel for that person we lost. The grief is actually the love we feel for that person. It’s a reminder that we loved once and that love will remain within us. Hence, grief is love persevering.

  3. Theresa “Noni” Rudder says:

    Don: Jack and I enjoyed getting to know Judy when we all attended Melody’s graduation. She truly was a happy and delightful person. We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. God bless you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Jack and Theresa Rudder

  4. Veronika Mosley says:

    Smile bright and hug tight my dear friend! I will miss you Judy, but I will keep smiling in your honor. Lots of prayers and love are being sent to you all!
    Love you Judy!

  5. Susan Phillips says:

    Judy was always so happy and friendly to those she met at the college. She will be missed here as well.

  6. Nayla Ramirez says:

    What a beautiful obituary. I feel so fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to know Judy. She will be missed.

  7. Dan Rockafellow says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. I regret not having more time to see her on this earth. From what I have heard, she is enjoying her heavenly home now and her faith is also something to be cherished and admired. God bless you Don, and family. My prayer is that Judy’s character and faith will live on in you and give you peace and joy.

  8. Lewis Amundson says:

    So many good memories, growing up with her and the rest of the cousins. Condolences and strength to all the family.

  9. Debra Phillips says:

    Heaven has a new Angel. May your family know the peace that comes with knowing such an honored lady.

  10. Doug Wegner says:

    Don, I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family, for strength, healing, and peace through this time.

  11. Gayle H says:

    While working with Judy in the CAC Business Division she was a treasured colleague! Her kindness and helpfulness was always in abundance and appreciated by all its members! Her love of life in many areas filled us, as she always offered assistance, good ideas and more. So very sorry to family for your loss, but her passion will live on in you she leaves behind.

  12. Jennie Lee V says:

    Judy was a wonderful soul and a brilliant artist. Her love of life and joy in simple things made her such a pleasure to be around. She would often come into my office and show me her latest artistic jewelry project. They were all so skillfully done, carefully polished, intricately designed, and really beautiful. She talked freely and lovingly about her children and grandchildren and I am certain they all have a guardian angel now and forever. I will miss Judy.

  13. Vaun Day says:

    I already miss Judy. She was so fun to work with and I loved her amazing sense of humor. She always had some type of project going and was an amazing artist too. She was very dependable with her job and even though we hadn’t worked in the same office for a couple of years, it was always great when we would see each other out on campus. She had a great passion for dogs, cats, and horses. Most recently, she had adopted some hens. Our backgrounds were similar and we’d visit about things on the farm. She was always up early each morning to complete her chores before coming to work.

  14. Ann (Rockafellow) Johnson says:

    A wonderful tribute to Judy! Judy was a sweet and beloved cousin. Dave and I send our sympathy and love to all of her family. Ann (Rockafellow) Johnson

  15. Bud Rago says:

    Don and family,
    Brenda and I are so sorry for your loss of Judy. As we knew she was the light of your lives and was so kind to everyone amd everything she touched.. May God Bless you Don, the family and especially Judy in her walk Him now. Praying for all of you. Love you brother!!
    Bud & Brenda Rago

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