Judith Ann Parker-Linnemeyer

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Judith Ann Parker-Linnemeyer December 22, 1944 – May 31, 2013 Judith Ann Parker-Linnemeyer, age 68, died of respiratory complications on Friday, May 31, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital. Judi was born Judith Ann Glenn on December 22, 1944, in Denver, CO to Ray and Katie Glenn. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Edith Parker of Delta, CO. She was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta about a year after her birth which was practically unknown at that time. She attended the Delta Public Schools and graduated from Delta High School in 1963. She attended Mesa College, Fort Lewis College, and UNC where she received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Art and Special Education from UNC in Greeley. She taught in several public schools, including Nucla, Orchard Mesa, Thunder Mountain, and Clifton, and retired with 31 years of service. Judi was named Colorado Handicapped Worker of the year in 1970. She was honored with a Handicap Recognition Award in 1990. She was honored with Teacher of the Year in 1999. She entered the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1965. Judi retired in 1999, and became active in many organizations, which included serving on the board of Community Concert, membership in the Audubon Society, and advisor to the City of Grand Junction for handicapped services. She also held many position in P.E.O. Chapters BK, N, and HU. Her social activities included bridge, pinochle, the theater, community concert, symphony and her many worldwide travels. Most important was her active participation at First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction. She served as Deacon, Elder, and Stephens Ministry leader. She volunteered many hours helping in the office. Her animals were her children. She loved her many dogs, but also her ducks and birds. Everyone of her dogs sensed her needs. She had a special connection with all of them, including her first dog, Stubby, and then Button, Sugar Bear and Pooh Bear, Spice, and finally Annie, her rescue dog. She touched so many people in her lifetime. Many of her students from as far back as 31 years, would come up to her and tell her how much she inspired them. None of her physical disabilities ever stopped her from accomplishing any of her goals, including learning to drive with hand controls. She was married at First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction on June 17, 2010 to Raymond Linnemeyer of Grand Junction, CO. Judi is survived by her husband, Raymond; dog, Annie, along with her mother, Katie Zins; her sister, Sandi Ritter, and brother, Chuck Glenn. She is also survived by her aunt, Charlotte Hillyer, and cousins, Dr. Jim Parker; Tim Parker; Stephanie Barnett; Suzanne Grzych; Dianne Lee; Deborah Drake; Kelly Glenn; Terry Glenn; Chip Bromfield; LuAnn Marino; Elizabeth Racey, and nephew, Russell Glenn. She had many other family members who will miss her. A memorial service will be held later this month at the First Presbyterian Church. A private family service was held earlier. Donations in Judi's memory can be make to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 4, 2013
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