CARBONDALE - Judith Colleen Foland, 78, passed away at 6:59 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
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Judy was born May 2, 1934, in Nowata, Okla., to John Butler and Genevieve Lorraine (Illingsworth) Hurd.
She married Neal Eugene Foland on March 31, 1956, in Plattsburg, Mo. He survives and is of Carbondale.
Other survivors include a son, Michael Tad Foland of Carbondale; five daughters, Debbie (Steve) Telligman of Freelandville, Ind., Kim (James) Collins of Springfield, Tracie (Terry) Mick of Grand Tower, Cheryl (Sam) Warner of Murrieta, Calif., and Cassie (David) Burnett of Springfield; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter-in-law, Denise Cooper Foland.
She had a bachelor of science degree and worked as a Secretary for A.G. Edwards and then as a financial aid officer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, until her retirement.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale.
Judy was a passionate person who lived a full life. She loved spending time with her family, which for her, meant more than those who were blood related. It was always known that friends and acquaintances alike were welcomed with open arms to holiday and family gatherings.
Through the years, she spent countless hours helping others through organizations such as Humane Shelter, Girl Scouts and church or by simply lending a hand or a wise and sympathetic ear to others. She was a creative person who enjoyed a wide variety of interests, including music, reading, theater, cooking, sewing and playing games with family and friends.
With her husband, Neal, Judy became an avid world traveler, who sought to experience and embrace the countless cultures they encountered. They explored all of the continents of the world and lived in Beirut, Lebanon and Nakajo, Japan. She spent her life dedicated to her family and with an enthusiastic desire to learn and truly experience life. Near and far, she will be fondly remembered by those whose lives she touched.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, in First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, with Pastor Janice West officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale,
, and will be accepted at the church.
Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale is assisting the family with arrangements.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.meredithfh.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on May 2, 2013