JERSEYVILLE - Judith Ellen Brinkman, 73, went to the hands of the Lord at 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Jerseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Godfrey, on April 11, 1941, and was the daughter of the late Burris "Bert" and Ethel Mae (Moody) Hays.
Judy was raised in Kampsville, and graduated in 1958 from Jersey Community High School. She was a very classy lady and was very kind and sincere to whomever she met. She worked for many years with the Jerseyville Chamber of Commerce and for the Illinois Secretary of State in Springfield. Before her retirement, she had also been employed by various law offices.
She loved the outdoors, nature and all of God's creatures, especially her cat "Woozy".
She married Narvin "Gene" Brinkman on April 25, 1959, and were the proud parents of two sons. Judy and Gene shared almost 20 years together before his sudden death on Aug. 29, 1978.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Karen Brinkman of Jerseyville, and Cris and Kim Brinkman of Godfrey; one grandson, one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob Hays of Danville; and two sisters, June McIver of Jerseyville and Phyllis Kennedy of Connecticut.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Stewart Power; and two sisters, Jean Maples and Colleen Whalen.
Visitation will be from noon on Monday, April 28, until time of funeral services at 1 p.m., at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville.
Memorials may be given to the Riverbend Humane Society in Jerseyville.