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.