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Judy Brown


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Judy Brown

Judy Lynn Brown, Sioux Falls, SD, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Center. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 am (with a visitation one hour before) on Tuesday, April 26 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 300 S. Minnesota Ave in Sioux Falls. A second visitation will be held in the afternoon in her hometown of Oldham, SD, at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Chapel from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, followed by the burial service at the Oldham Cemetery at 3:15 pm.

Judy was born May 31, 1947, to Betty and Wallace Brown of Oldham, SD. Judy was baptized and confirmed at the Drakola Congregational Country Church located next to the family farm west of Oldham. Judy's education began in the nearby one room Drakola Country school where she attended grades 1-8, before going to Oldham Public High School where she graduated in 1965. Then Judy studied at General Beadle State College (Dakota State University) where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. Following graduation she embarked on a 40 year career with Midland National Life beginning in Watertown, SD, before they relocated and greatly expanded in Sioux Falls. She was very proud of her status as one of only a handful of employees that started in Watertown and continued with them during the move to Sioux Falls, initially in the old "Fantles Building" and later the new "gold glassed" Midland National Life building in downtown Sioux Falls, and still later after the acquisition by Sammons Financial Group, to their newest building in southwest Sioux Falls, where she remained until August of 2009 when a major spinal cord injury ended her professional career.

Despite other physical limitations due to complications at birth, Judy led a full-spirited life as evidenced by the milestones noted above. Her siblings were surprised when others commented on "your sister's physical disability" because it never seemed to them that Judy had any, until the devastating spinal cord injury in 2009. That injury and her subsequent quadriplegic condition then necessitated full-time care. Never a complainer, Judy quickly adjusted and soon became a legendary Bingo player, near perfect attendee at the Center's social activities, and no devotional or worship service dared begin until she was placed in her spot. Her personality continued to be a magnet for friendships among her fellow residents at the center as well as many of the wonderful professional care givers at the Good Samaritan Center.

Judy was a member of the First Congregational Church, and a former Sunday school teacher; the family historian (both sides), as well as the Chief family reunion organizer. Other interests included travel, reading, sewing, and anything to do with her nephews and niece, cousins, classmates, and friends. And it is suspected that when she arrived at the Pearly Gates, St Peter already had her TV set to the Home and Garden channel, lest he suffer a lecture about the proper viewing habits of the faithful.

Judy is survived by a sister Lou Ann Zerfas (Greg), Sioux Falls, and brothers Rodney Brown, Seattle, WA, and Leland Brown, Sioux Falls, and nephew Scott Zerfas (Stacey Deery), Las Vegas, NV, niece Nikki Zerfas (Sven Bock), Seattle, WA, nephew Christopher Zerfas (Blair Allen) and their daughter Robyn, Portland, OR. The family requests that memorial funds be sent to DakotaAbilities (http://www.dakotabilities.org) or a .
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 24, 2016
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