Judy Ann Newman Young, 63, currently residing in Hartwell, GA and formerly of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away on November 20th, 2019 peacefully surrounded by her family. Her visitation will be at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, MO on Saturday November 30th at 11 am with the service to follow at 12.
Judy was born in Opa-Locka, Florida on November 26th, 1955 to Joseph E Newman and Louise Elkin Newman. She was the youngest of four children, all girls. She has had a passion and love for animals and nature since she was a small child. She also enjoyed being surrounded by people and was on the gymnastics team and pep squad in school. She met her husband John in 1973 and they were married September 25th, 1976. On New Year’s Day 1979, John and Judy were blessed by the birth of their only child, Kristina. The family has lived in several places, including St. Cloud, FL; Collierville, TN; Lee’s Summit, MO; and Hartwell, GA. She had the biggest heart and cared so deeply for others and animals. She volunteered her time to many organizations over the years. She could not ignore a person or animal in need. She gave generously of her time and money, mostly anonymously. She was sensitive, compassionate, and fiercely loyal.
She enjoyed games (cards, board games, puzzle books, etc). She loved scrapbooking and making her own cards. She traveled often and loved to explore new places. She loved being in nature, especially the mountains and around waterfalls. No matter where she lived, she always had a large vegetable garden. She surrounded herself with flowers, plants, and trees.
She was an excellent mother. She worked hard at making life fun. She would sacrifice anything and everything for someone else, especially those she loves. She worked at many different companies, but most recently retired from Sprint. Upon moving to Georgia in 2016, she made many new friends when she volunteered for the Hart County Humane Society. It was hard for her to see so many animals in need, but so satisfying to know that she was making a difference. She bonded not only with the animals, but also with the other volunteers that she met along the way. She had a rare and aggressive form of cancer, which took her from us all too soon. As she would tell you, “Cancer sucks”.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Louise Newman. She is survived by her husband John Young and daughter Kristina Young. She is also survived by her sisters Linda Mitchell, Sue Halverson, and Bonnie Forrester; their children, and grandchildren. She leaves behind her beloved cats Zahara and Alie and grand kitties Colin and Maci.
We know she is up in heaven, continuing to care for and love every animal she meets. We ask that in lieu of flowers, you continue to support her passion by donating to her favorite cause, the Hart County Humane Society http://harthumane.org/.