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Judy Crews Chaffee

Judy Crews Chaffee Judy Crews Chaffee, 67, died at her home in Briarcliff, on Thursday, November 17, of complications from a brain tumor diagnosed in September, 2010. A seventh-generation Texan, Judy was born in Houston on March 11, 1944, to Sam and Edge Crews, both of whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Midland, but the family lived nearly two years in Salvador, Brazil, beginning in 1959. She finished high school in West Columbia, Texas, in 1962. She went on to Texas Tech where she was often on the dean's honor roll. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. Judy graduated from Texas Tech in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages. While at Tech, Judy met, and on August 27, 1966, married George H. Chaffee of Fort Worth. He survives. Their son, Harper, lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife, Katie, and their daughters, Ellie and Maggie. Their daughter, Maggie Chaffee Dahlin, lives in Shawnee, Kansas, with her husband, Brian, and their daughters Anna and Audrey. Judy is survived by a brother, Sam Crews of St. Louis, his wife, Lydia, and Sam's children, Sam and Katey. Judy is also survived by her sister, Margaret Runk of Dallas and her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Marian. Following her graduation at Texas Tech, Judy taught school for one year in New Deal, Texas, while her husband finished work toward his degree. The couple lived in Sherman, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tulsa and Topeka before returning to Texas in October, 1995, to the home her parents built near Lake Travis. Although Judy never taught school full-time after her one year at New Deal, she often worked as a substitute. She worked eight years for Topeka High School as a teacher's assistant. Judy also worked or volunteered in nursery schools, including the nursery at Bee Creek United Methodist Church where she was a founding member. She loved reading, gardening, boating, art and nature. She loved her family, including her Aunt Mary Crews and Cousin Mary Taylor of Houston, who both preceded her in death. Mary Taylor's daughter, Talitha, was deeply loved by Judy and it was Talitha who guided Judy to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and provided a place to stay in Houston for much of Judy's care. A memorial service to celebrate Judy's life is planned for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, at Bee Creek United Methodist Church near the intersection of Bee Creek Road and RO Road. Memorial gifts may be made to the Texas Tech Foundation - Judy Chaffee Scholarship Endowment, College of Mass Communications - Development, Box 43082, Lubbock, Texas 79409-3082.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 20, 2011
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