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Judith Stone


1946 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
1946 ~ 2017
Holladay, UT-Judith Anne MacDonald Stone should always be remembered as having a gardener's heart. Gardeners at their core plant things because they like to observe development and growth; Judy's life reflected that in both traditional and metaphorical gardens.
As a little girl, her father created the Shadowbrook restaurant that is still defined by a magical garden pathway that leads to its entrance. From her early years, she learned to love plants, and appreciate nature.
At BYU, she studied and nurtured her talent as an artist and embraced poetry. It was in the BYU library she met a handsome, rugged John Royal Stone, who shared her passion for the outdoors. They were married in the Oakland Temple in 1967. Throughout their 44 years of marriage, Judy and John created fertile soil for their family and friendships to flourish.
Judy was a good companion and confidant. One of her best features was that she was quick to forgive trespasses, not allowing the weeds of a grudge to strangle relationships. She frequently arranged flowers for friends in the summer, and delighted in flowers and stems that weren't quite "perfect," refusing to wire the stem of a flower to make it stand upright, because it was "too harsh." Watercolor was her medium as an artist. She loved the way colors could play off each other, willing to accept and relish inevitable imperfection.
Judy and John had five daughters together whom they prized and taught to plant simple seeds of faith by stretching towards the light of Christ. Judy was attentive to her daughters, sewing them stylish clothes and providing them with opportunities to bloom. She taught at Skyline High School for 22 years as an English teacher where she thrived; often receiving letters from former students on the valuable influence she had on their development and growth. While raising five girls and working full time, Judy's home was always neat as a pin; a master of time management and completed "to do" lists written with her signature black felt pens. She was a keen observer of life, and enjoyed books, theater and travel.
Most gardeners do not profess to be perfect, and Judy was no exception, but she was good at savoring the textures and nuances of life. She was proceeded in death by her husband John, who also found joy in the garden with her in their retired years. We are thrilled they are reunited, the garden was never quite the same when they were apart.
She leaves behind her five daughters: Sherianne Schow (Adam), Loralee Ahmu (Mark), Aimee McConkie (Bryant), Susan Astle (Travis), and Cynthia Stringham (Thom) as well as 23 grandchildren. Her only sibling and brother, David MacDonald (Jeanie) survive her.
Funeral services celebrating Judy Stone's vibrant life will be held Saturday, November 11th at 12:00 pm. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Milo Way Chapel (2625 E. Milo Way, 4910 S.) A single visitation will be held one hour before funeral services at the Milo Way Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Her body will be interred at Holladay Cemetary (4900 S. Memory Lane). Funeral Directors Holladay-Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary. Online condolences can be submitted to www.memorialutah.com.
Published in Deseret News from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2017
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