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On Saturday, October 13th, 2012 Judy Workman Brown Abney (66); our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend returned to her loving Heavenly Father after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Judy graduated from Mesa High in 1964 and later graduated from ASU Summa Cum Laude with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development. Judy loved Spanish food, parties, spring training games, and the Olympics. She found joy in the laughter of her grandchildren, vacations, and her Chinese Pistachio tree. She spent 25 years teaching swimming lessons to countless children. She was a devoted teacher to many children including many with special needs. Judy was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She followed the example of Jesus Christ and loved everyone she met unconditionally. She enjoyed public speaking, inspiring many with her words. She will always be remembered living life to the fullest, making sure no one was ever left out, and insisting another party be planned or the next shopping spree to Target. Judy is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Irene (Gigi) Workman and her son Ryan Brown. Judy is survived by her loving husband Gary Abney, her children Bart and Stephanie Kleinlein, Lynn and Natalie Anderson, Sam and Melissa Abney, Scott and Shelby Fuller, Lee and Courtney Oram, Travis and Brook Tuttle, James and Brittany Skinner, Wyatt and Megan Brown, Scott and Briley Heward, Jason and Leslie Abney, Chris and Anney Malone, Travis and Natalee Macdonald, her siblings Bill, Velma, David, Sybil, Wade, and 50 amazing grandchildren. We love you "Grandma Cool Dude", to the moon and back. The viewing will be Thursday, October 18th from 6-8 PM at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. The funeral services will be Friday, October 19th at 11AM with a viewing one hour prior at the LDS church on 22035 East Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek. If you would like to donate please do so via Abney Relief Fund at any Wells Fargo Branch or thru judyabney.blogspot.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 17, 2012