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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Judy Garwood
Judy Kay Garwood, 63, Holgate, formerly of Willshire, died the morning of Sept. 25, 2013, at her fiance's home in Liberty Center.     She was born Aug. 1, 1950, in Celina, to Harold D. and Helen Louise Landwehr Garwood.
Surviving are two sons, Paul (Tara) May, Rockford, and Chris (Dawn) May, Cleveland; two daughters, Casey (Jared) Linn, Greenwood, Ind., and April (Cory) Erford, Deshler; a brother, James (Peggy) Garwood, Ashland City, Tenn.; a sister, Joan (Lindain) Brehm, Celina; a stepsister, Laura (Musa) Adel, Jacksonville, Fla.; her stepfather, Norman Fleming, Rockford; and her fiance, Steve Collins, Liberty Center.
She lived in Willshire until 1992, when she moved to Holgate. She worked for approximately 20 years at General Electric in Decatur, Ind., before moving to Holgate. She then was the administrative assistant for the city of Defiance.
She graduated from Parkway High School in 1968, and earned an associate degree in accounting from Northwest State Community College, Archbold, in 1999. She was a member of the Harvest Life Fellowship Church in Defiance and an American Legion Auxiliary member in Hamler. She was an avid bowler and had been a member of numerous teams in Decatur and Holgate. She was an accomplished seamstress and an avid traveler. She had traveled throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and Europe. She loved seeing the world and especially liked cruises. She enjoyed the companionship of her children, grandchildren, and all her friends while traveling with them. She also enjoyed dancing and listening to polka.
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Tim Hacker officiating. Burial will be in Willshire Cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be given to Hamler American Legion or the American Legion of the donor's choice. She was active with the legion and the auxiliary and believed in this country and all the men and women who sacrificed for it.
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