Judy Meyer, 75, was called to the heavenly choir, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, from her home in Ottawa, Kansas.
Visitation will be Saturday, Aug 25, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1320 W. 15th St., Ottawa. A family private interment service will be Monday, Aug. 27 in Highland Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 6, 1943, to the late R.R. (Ray) and E. Naomi Perry Simmons in Chanute, KS, and moved to Ashland, Kansas in 1946.
She graduated from Ashland High School in 1961; earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with music emphasis from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia (KSTC, now ESU) December, 1964; and a Master’s degree in geography from the University of Kansas through a federal fellowship program in 1968.
Judy married Raymond Meyer, Jr. Sept. 5, 1964 in Ashland. They were blessed with son, Ryan, daughter, Jenni, and still-born daughter, Emily. They moved to Ottawa in December, 1964; to Nevada, Missouri, in 1971; to Overland Park in 1973 and back to Ottawa in 1980.
She carried out the Lord’s work with her family in her teaching, in the Lutheran expression faithfully in each community, and primarily as a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa, active in the choir, church fellowship board, altar care and quilting groups.
Judy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She encouraged her children and grandchildren, and doted on their athletic, academic, musical and work activities. Cooking for loved ones gave her great joy, and teaching them to cook, sew, or play an instrument even more.
Judy’s teaching career included one semester in Lane grade school and 35 years in Ottawa USD 290, mostly in kindergarten, interspersed by year in Nevada, Missouri and four years in Shawnee Mission USD #512, Shawnee, KS. Two generations of many Ottawa families had Mrs. Meyer as their teacher. She used her piano, singing and music extensively as learning tools. Her teaching concepts of economics in kindergarten in the 1960s was considered innovative.
Her lifelong enjoyment of music was shown additionally as earning state music contest “I” (excellent) ratings in clarinet, band, piano and voice; playing in the first clarinet section of KSTC band; joining Ottawa City Band in 1990; and, singing with Sweet Adeline choruses in Lawrence, Ottawa and Overland Park. Judy was blessed with a clear, blending, soprano voice, always on pitch, which she delivered with a joyful smile.
Judy’s lifelong enjoyment of sewing began at age 8 when her first 4-H project was awarded only a red ribbon because the judge believed she could not have made the skirt by herself. She made clothing, knitted, embroidered, and quilted and was a member of the Stitchin’ Rippers quilting group and the Sunflower Piecemakers quilt guild. One of her more memorable efforts was making knitted purses and beach bags using plastic shopping bags and drycleaner’s bags.
Judy was also preceded in death by her brother, Bob.
She is survived by Ray, of the home, Ryan and Sandee Meyer, Princeton, Kansas; Jenni Meyer, Overland Park, Kansas; grandchildren: Sydney, Abigail, Caleb, and Lily, Princeton, Kansas; Paige, Olathe, Kansas; and, Annalynne, Overland Park, Kansas; and 11 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through lamb-roberts.com.