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Judy was born on April 16, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois to Manford (Fred) and Maxine Comer Griffin. She moved with her family to Ottumwa when she was very young, and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1962. On July 4, 1964, she married Ken Ogier. Together, they followed his Air Force assignments to Austin, Texas; Athens, Greece; and Grand Forks, North Dakota before returning to Ottumwa to raise their two daughters. Judy worked in the office at John Deere Ottumwa Works before devoting all of her time to her family. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and actively supported her daughters' schools and their many activities. Capitalizing on her talent for meticulous sewing, Judy then owned and operated a custom window covering business. She later worked with a group of friends at the Southeast Iowa Blood Center. During their retirement, Judy and Ken enjoyed traveling as their daughters' families lived in various locations throughout the country.
In 2008, she and her husband moved permanently to Colorado Springs to enjoy more time with their youngest grandchildren. There, they appreciated the friendship of many people in their neighborhood, at the Briargate YMCA, and in Mass at St. Clare Chapel. Judy especially cherished her fun lunches with friends, neighborhood Costco dinners, and couples' trips to Estes Park. She and her husband also loved their travels to Ireland that included friends from home. With five wonderfully fun and accomplished grandsons, Judy finally delighted in showering a granddaughter with her love and attention. Two canine granddaughters, Scout and Miss Honey, will miss her love and treats, as well.
Judy's surviving family includes her husband, Ken, their daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Allen Husted of Gainesville, Virginia; Stacy and Wes Thurman, of Colorado Springs; and six grandchildren, Jake, Alec, and Sam Husted; Grant, Will, and Claire Thurman. She is survived also by her brother, Mike (Lori) Griffin, of Goshen, Indiana, and her sister, Barbara Walters of Des Moines. Judy's father, mother, and sister, Janet Bowman, preceded her in death.
Judy and her family relied on the knowledge, guidance, and friendship of the doctors, nurses, and researchers at National Jewish Health in nearby Denver. National Jewish Health leads the nation in its understanding and treatment of lung diseases, so she asked us to consider a donation to them (www.nationaljewish.org) in her honor to support such important work.
Funeral services on Monday, March 18 will include a Catholic Mass at St. Gabriel the Archangel under the direction of Father Dan Ayers with close family and friends. Later this spring, her family will travel to Ottumwa to host a memorial celebration of her life.
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