Judith Ann Garner 71, of Salina, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at Salina Regional Hospital. After becoming ill in 2017, Judy was moved back to Salina from Denton, TX to become a resident of Kenwood View where she resides until her passing.
Born to the late Larcell Ellis and Betty Jean Benoit on May 18, 1948 in McAlister Oklahoma. Judy was the first born of ten and raised in Salina, Ks. Judy was a mother of five, she left four to cherish in her memory; Victor L Ellis (Arlene) of Omaha, NE, Michael B. Ellis (Emma) of Settle, WA, Cathy M Greene (LaMont) of West Point, VA, and Jolene S Dickinson (Marcus) of Norman, OK.
A grand-mother of fourteen, Latesha Ellis, Latasha Ellis, Alec Ellis, Lani Tuitupou, Michael Ellis, Tevita Ellis, Shakira Greene, Shalonda Greene, Antonio Greene, Deandrea McNealy, Demauria Pleasant, Marcus Jr. Dickinson, Anya Dickinson, Jaden Dickinson; and 10 great grandchildren, Lazeah, Cordea, Cormarion, Cormello, Cormario, Corryon, Phoenix, Adrianna, Karinna, and Xaia.
Judy was a member of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church for many years under the leadership of the late Reverend Jones. Whenever Judy moved, she was sure to find a church to join, she was an Asher and a member of the choir. She loved singing praises to the Lord. Judy had a passion for cooking and making delicious baked goods for her family and friends. She worked many years for Revels Catering Service and the Board of Trade Lounge. Although had moved out of the state for several years she made it back to her homeland for her final resting spot but not place. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Not only did Judy leave her children and grand children to cherish her in memory she leaves behind sister’s and brother’s; Zandrea (Robert) Wilson, Donald (Precious) Smith, Ronald (Lynn) Smith, Andrea-Cookie (Alvin) Pearce, Joseph – June Bug Benoit, Marsha Bellamy, Darlene (Roosevelt) Thompson, and Marcel-Bighead Benoit. A host of cousins and friends. Judy loved all of her family and friends she held close to her heart several special people that ware in her life; Vernita Curtis Warren, Dale Blocker, Alvin Pearce (Her fishing buddy), and Donna Jean Smith (her close and dearest friend over forty years).
Judy is preceded in death by her paternal grand parents Emmett and Essie Reed; brother Micheal L. Smith; father Larcell Ellis; beloved mother Betty Jean Benoit; and her beloved daughter Denitra Ann Pleasant.
Visitation will be Friday, August 2, 2019 from 2-7pm with family from 5-7pm at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 East Crawford, Salina.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 3, 2019 at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, 215 S. Chicago St, Salina, Ks 67401. Burial to follow in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to
The Family in care of Roselawn Mortuary, PO Box 2322, Salina, 67402.
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