Judith Elaine Colvin passed away April 17, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease, surrounded by loving family members at Fair Haven Nursing Home in Irondale, Ala.
Judy was born Jan. 23, 1943, in Archbold, to Alfred and Bernadine (nee Hefflinger) Zimmerman.
She was an early academic achiever and began first grade at age five. It was a rural oneroom school for grades one through six.
Once done with her own assignments, she would listen to other instructions from the teacher, and she learned quickly.
Judy was an all A student and graduated from Archbold High School in 1960. She had scored high in the language portion of the National Merit Scholarship and was awarded an academic scholarship to Concordia Lutheran College, Mo.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing, drawing. painting and needlework of all types. Judy found or created beauty in all that surrounded her.
Judy is survived by her husband of 49 years, Alan S. Colvin; daughter Michelle (Chris) Colvin Holland; son Jeffrey (Evan) S. Colvin; and grandchildren Jacob Holland, Joshua Holland, Jordan Holland, Dolan Colvin and Cassidy Colvin. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John and Richard Zimmerman; and sisters Lois (Vernon) Schroeder and Lucille (Dale) Grime.
Judy was employed as a copy editor at Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) in Birmingham, Ala. She loved her duties and colleagues.
She soon became the “Go- To” person in matters of editorial style and grammar. She also made decorative crossstitch designs for her magazine covers.
Judy was an early onset victim of Parkinson’s Disease. She was diagnosed in the mid-1980s and dealt with the advancing symptoms the rest of her life.
However, she never complained to others about her situation and was primarly concerned with her family, her job, and her quickly-growing grandchildren.
Judy retired in 2000 and battled the remainder of her life against the pain and further encroachment of Parkinson’s. Through it all, she flashed that fantastic grin and made wisecracks about everything.
And by the way, her Scrabble won-and-lost record will not be surpassed any time soon!!
Judy elected to participate in Parkinson’s research, and her wishes were fulfilled. In addition, the family requests donations be made in her name to the Michael J. Fox Research Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.
The family also extends its appreciation to Affinity Hospice for its support during this family crisis.
A memorial service for Judy is being scheduled at this time. It will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Valleydale Road in Birmingham, Ala., at a date and time to be advised.