Marion Ethel Judy


March 21, 1920 - December 22, 2014



Marion Ethel Stafford was born March 21, 1920 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to Henry Isaiah and Mary Caroline Stafford.  She lived in Canada with her three sisters until their mother’s death in 1926.  After her mother’s death, she and two of her sisters moved to Carpenter, South Dakota to live with her Aunt Gussie and Uncle Jim St. John.  Marion graduated from Willow Lake High School.  She moved to Sioux Falls, attending Sioux Falls College and later South Dakota State University in Brookings where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics.

While attending SDSU, Marion met and married Raymond Judy on July 20, 1941.  They made their first home in Chester, SD.  Their lives changed abruptly with the onset of war in December of 1941.  Raymond was sent overseas to serve in the military and Marion returned to SDSU to complete her college degree.  After graduation, she taught high school for one year in Willow Lake and then moved to Los Angeles, California where she was employed by the Challenge Creamery. 

After the war ended, the young couple returned to Raymond’s home in Forestburg, SD where they began their family.  They were blessed with five children: Ann Marie, Nancy Ellen, Janice Kay, Mark Evan, and Lois Belle.  Marion stayed home to raise the children, first at their small home in Forestburg and later in a home they built on the Judy family homestead.

In the summer of 1957, all four Stafford sisters were reunited for the first time in 31 years during a reunion at the Judy home.  As her family grew, she relished her role as grandmother and great-grandmother.  Marion enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, sewing, knitting, playing card games, and reading.  She was active in her church, First Presbyterian in Forestburg, and later Endeavor Presbyterian in Fedora.  Marion also maintained a National Weather Service Station on the farm in Forestburg, a Judy family tradition that lasted well over 100 years. 

The enjoyed traveling to many locations in the United States and abroad, and for several years spent the winter in Arizona.  When she was 81, she visited Normandy, France where Raymond had participated in the D-Day invasion.  In 2008, she traveled to her childhood home on Nootka Island, British Columbia with her family.

She is survived by her children: Ann Schellpfeffer (Don) of Sioux Falls, Nancy Hinker (Leonard) of Fedora, Mark Judy (Deb) of Blue Grass, Iowa, and Lois Quam (Dick) of Huron; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, her sisters Margaret Stevenson of Pender Island, British Columbia and Mary Tidemann, Wichita, Kansas, and 12 nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her infant daughter Janice Kay, her sister Ruth Lewno, 3 brothers-in-law, and a nephew.



Friday, December 26, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, December 27, 2014
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Marilyn Moor on December 26, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Mel and Denny Sand on December 26, 2014
Mark & Deb - thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Dale and Mary Schroeder on December 25, 2014
our sympathy to mark and Deb,and all your family
Posted by Don and Wendy on December 25, 2014
So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. It sounds like she had a beautiful full life! Hugs to you and your family...
Posted by Chris Regnier on December 25, 2014
Mark, Deb and Tiffany, I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your entire family.
Posted by Josline Ferguson on December 24, 2014
Lois, Mark, Nancy, and Ann, wish I was there to give you a hug. I cherish the times I spent at your house. Your mom was a wonderful role model.
Posted by Helen (Bergeleen) Fadness on December 24, 2014
Sorry for your loss. I knew the family through 4-H.
Posted by Karen Larson(Lindsley) on December 24, 2014
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'ts very hard to lose your parents. It's hard to believe that you will heal from that but in time you will with the strenth of your God, your family and your friends. I know my mom and your's were good friends too and had a lot of good times. God Bless
Posted by ED & SHARON HANSEN on December 24, 2014
Posted by Carol Schade on December 24, 2014
Marion and Selma, best friends forever! Raymond and Marion and Millard and Selma were great friends as couples and did so many things together, traveling, playing cards, just enjoying. Marion was a wonderful "lady" and always so active and involved. Thinking of you all. Your fond memories will sustain you.
Posted by Carol Gibbs on December 24, 2014
Sorry for your loss. May you hold all your memories help you through this difficult time.
Posted by Janet & Drew Hinker on December 24, 2014
Sending our condolences. So sorry for your loss
Posted by Mike & Linda Ball on December 24, 2014
so sorry for your loss...she was a lovely lady. Our thoughts are with you and all the family
Posted by LaWayne Petesch on December 24, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Marion was so nice & kind to me when I baby sat Ann & Nancy. She will be missed
Posted by Shirley Samuels on December 24, 2014
Ruth and I are so lucky that we saw her last year when she was alert and funny and great to spend time with. Thank you all for sharing your mother with us.
Posted by Susan Johannsen on December 24, 2014
Ann, Nancy, Mark, and Lois and your families: Marion was a best friend to my Mom. Your parents and mine spent so many good times and travels together. Very hard to watch them age and lose them. All the memories I have of her are good ones! What a legacy!
Posted by Arlene Baysinger on December 24, 2014
So sorry! She was a real lady, so kind and nice to everyone! Thinking of all of you! It's so hard to lose your mother! I think of mine every day ! You will have good memories!
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