Born in Alberta, Minnesota, Judy grew up on her parent’s farm with her three younger sisters. They grew crops and raised cows, pigs and chickens. Judy graduated from Alberta High School and went on for two years of college in Moorhead for teaching. After college she taught fourth grade for about three years in Herman, which she absolutely loved, until her family moved to Appleton where they bought a little country store. It was at this store that she met her husband of 48 years, Milton. She was helping her parent’s out one day and he lived nearby and stopped in. They dated for a while and married in June of ‘63.
After they were married they bought a house and moved to Willmar. Milton worked in construction building steel buildings and Judy did embroidery on children’s clothes. Unable to have children, Milton and Judy adopted two, a boy and girl, Nathan and Julie. Their son Nathan lives in California now with his wife and four boys and Julie is in Foley with her husband and three girls. Milton and Judy enjoyed traveling but her favorite trips were going out to California to see Nathan and the family. Judy loved baking cookies and bars and always had lots of goodies on hand for all of the company they had around.
After a couple more moves, Judy and Milton settled into the Good Shepherd Apartments about six years ago and recently she made the move to the Memory Cottages after a short hospital stay. She really likes it here at Good Shepherd. She likes to walk and visit with people and being here there is always someone around to talk to. She still makes the walk over to the apartments to attend “Coffee and Conversation” and has many visitors. Her daughter comes and takes Judy out to visit her old friends in the Cold Spring and Foley area and she loves when her three sisters come to visit. A particularly fun memory was when they recently took a three day trip to the casino. She enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up and loves when they come to see her. Her room is filled with family pictures that have even moved their way onto the walls of the bathroom just to find space.
In April she participated in the Music and Memories program at the cottages and was a part of the Her Story, Her Song concert performed by the Women’s Choir and Cantabile Girls’ Choir from St. Cloud State University. Thinking back on it she really enjoyed singing with the students even if she didn’t realize it at the time.
We are proud to have Judy call Good Shepherd home.