Franks, Judith M.
MADISON/MINERAL POINT - Judith M. Franks, age 72, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at UW Hospital in Madison. She was born in Dodgeville on April 27, 1948, the daughter of John and Ruth (Polkinghorn) Toay. She attended the Seven Oaks Country School and later graduated from Mineral Point High School in 1966. She worked at Pendarvis in Mineral Point and St. Joseph Hospital in Dodgeville. She later moved to Madison and worked at Oakwood Lutheran Home, Oak Park Place and for various pharmacies until retiring and then worked with her husband in the cleaning business. Judy and Ralph also coached T-Ball for West Madison Special Olympics for four years. She married Ralph Franks on June 16, 1979, at Olbrich Gardens in Madison. She was active at her church, Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison, where she was a member of the Susanna Circle, helped with the landscaping and was on various committees. Judy loved the music of the Statler Brothers, and she had a great interest in local history and many murder mysteries, including discussions on the lizzieandrewborden.com website forum.
Judy is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ralph of Madison; her siblings, Spencer Toay, her twin, Jerry Toay, and Mary (Alan) Martin, all of Mineral Point; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Shawn, on Sept. 19, 2018; and her parents.
A celebration of Judy's life will be held on Sunday, July 25, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the GORGEN FUNERAL HOME in Mineral Point. Inurnment for Judy and her son, Shawn, will be in Graceland Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at the BETHANY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison, with a visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of service, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or the Bethany United Methodist Church.
Gorgen Funeral Home