Judy Peterson, 80, passed away on March 29, 2019 from Pancreatic Cancer with friends and family at her side. A Rosary prayer service will be held at 6:00 pm on Thurs., May 16, 2019 and we will celebrate her life at a funeral mass on Fri., May 17, 2019 at 10:00 am, both at Divine Mercy Parish, 555 W. Main. Gardner, KS 66030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Judy Peterson to the CU Foundation, PO Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217-9155. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Judy was born Jan. 25, 1939 in Ithaca, NY to Edward and Virginia Palmquist. Her family spent a short time in Canada before settling in Columbia, MO. Judy graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri and her Master of Education at Ohio University. Judy met her husband Dan in 1962 and the two were married on Dec. 4, 1964. In 1972 they relocated to Flagstaff, AZ where they raised their two children.
Judy had a distinguished teaching career with the majority spent at Sechrist School in Flagstaff, AZ. Her primary focus was 1st grade and Special Education. She enjoyed spending summers on the beach at her parents’ home in Hilton Head Island, SC. In her free time, she was an avid tennis player, piano player, a great hostess to guests in her home and an affectionate grandmother. Judy and Dan enjoyed their retirement years in Sun City, AZ, Anthem, AZ and Olathe, KS before moving to Denver, CO last year. She will be fondly remembered as a kind and loving person, with a soft spot for children and animals, always offering her time and attention to those in need.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Daniel Peterson; children: Juli (Kevin) Grossman, Lloyd (Jennifer) Peterson; grandchildren, Jaden, Dax and Blaze Grossman, Allison, Anna and Nicholas Peterson; brothers, Robert (Judy) and William (Genevieve) Palmquist; many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.