Judy Mikelson (1938 - 2018)

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Judy Mikelson,
loving wife, amazing
mother and incredible
grandmother
passed into the Lord's
hands on April 30,
2018. Judy was born
in Denver, Colorado
on June 22, 1938 to parents Warren
and Louise Christensen. She was
raised in her early years, along with
younger brother Frank, on the Dakan
Ranch, her maternal family's homestead
and ranch in the West Plum
Creek valley. The family relocated to
Castle Rock in 1951. She attended first
grade in Littleton, Colorado, then
continued her education at Castle
Rock Elementary, Douglas County
High School and the University of
Colorado.
Judy was active within the Douglas
County community. In her youth she
participated in 4-H for ten years and
was the Worthy Advisor of the Castle
Rock Chapter of the International
Order of Rainbow Girls. In adulthood
she and Dale were involved in local
and state politics, and Judy was a
Vice-President of the Colorado Young
Republicans. Judy and Dale also
sponsored and managed numerous
local youth rodeos. Judy followed in
the footsteps of her mother Louise
and became an involved congregation
member of St. Philips-In-The-
Field Episcopal Church, Sedalia, CO.
In the last half of her life, she also
took on the role of family archivist,
genealogist and historian.
Engaged on the day of her high
school graduation in May of 1956,
she married her high school sweetheart,
Dale Mikelson of Castle Rock,
on June 22, 1957. Dale and Judy were
blessed with four children – Mike,
Mindy, Quinn and Rana. She and
Dale built a family home east of
Castle Rock on the Albert Mikelson
ranch and farm. A stalwart partner
to Dale and all-present mother, Judy
became a farmer and ranch hand and
worked with her children to operate
the family ranch and farm raising
Hereford cattle and winter wheat
while Dale worked as an aerospace
engineer at Martin Marietta. With
her children involved in 4-H, Little
Britches and High School Rodeos,
Judy also became a hauler of children,
livestock and horses to various
shows and rodeos over many years.
Judy was a second "mom" to many
of her kids' school and rodeo friends,
and no child in need of a piece of
chocolate cake, a meal, or a bed to
rest upon was turned
away.
Ever devoted to
Dale, she traveled
with him to Washington
DC for work,
and to a multitude of
rodeos and cutting
horse events. Dale and Judy also traveled
to Germany, Norway, Australia
and New Zealand. Together, they
lived a life as partners, lovers, and
friends.
Judy excelled as a loving grandmother
and great grandmother
and was a model of goodness and
strength for her family through her
actions and deeds. She was known
for her welcoming smile, warm hugs
and kisses, her kind and learned
words of advice, her constant and
unconditional love, and her quiet and
all-encompassing support when help
or counsel was needed.
Plagued by the pain of persistent
rheumatoid arthritis in the latter half
of her life, Judy demonstrated amazing
inner strength and determination;
one never heard her complain,
one always was blessed by her warm
smile, and throughout each day she
pursued the beauty and rewards of
life.
Judy is survived by her loving husband
Dale, her brother Frank (Robbie)
Christensen, her children Mike
(Erika) Mikelson, Mindy (Rob) Sellers,
Quinn Mikelson, Rana (Robert)
Schuster; by her grandchildren Bob
Kirby, Michael (Stefanie) Kirby, Cora
(Hunter) Hebert, Kaylyn Kirby, Miles
(Sara) Schuster, Mallory (Josh) Dominoski,
Hannah Mikelson, Lauren
Mikelson and Melany Mikelson; and
great grandchildren Jayden, Charlotte,
Kinsey, Gigi and Sterling.
There was never a person, woman,
friend, wife, mother or grandmother
loved more than Judy, and she
returned an equal love to all. She
devoted her life to all things family,
and she will be greatly missed.
Private family services will held
May 12, 2018 at 11am at St. Philip-In-
The-Field Episcopal Church, Sedalia,
CO. A Celebration of Live event will
be held for her friends and family in
mid June. Location and time to be
announced soon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks
that memorials be given in her name
to the Saint Philip in the Field Episcopal
Church (http://www.stphilipinthefield.
org) or the Salvation Army
(https://www.salvationarmyusa.
org).
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from May 9 to June 8, 2018
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