We are remembering and celebrating a loving woman with a big heart, a love of yard sales and bargains, and who gave much more than she received. She made our world a better place through her 80 years on earth. Judith Ann “Judy” Minor left this earth and joined her heavenly father on January 21, 2018.
Born in 1937, in Conway, Arkansas to parents Camille & Vera Troillett, Judy was an active and eager student before she moved to Evansville, IN and eventually Mt. Vernon, Illinois with step-parents, Russell “Woody” and Earlene Meyers and her brother Frankie. After graduating from high school, and working as an office assistant for a short time, she met and married Jerry Ray Minor (USAF, deceased 2017). They moved to Kirton, England for three years before Jerry was transferred to Eglin AFB in 1965. A few years later they settled in their home Niceville, FL, where both lived for almost 50 years and celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Their love produced three children: Frankie, Ricky & Connie (Jinks), as well as six grandchildren they adored and who adored their G’ma/Grandma/Nanna: Katy, Erin, Allison, Kyle (Quirion), Heather, Abby (Jinks), along with step-grandchildren Annie & Ashley (Jinks) and Kahlil (Roth-Folly), Kim (Johnson) and Markie (Whitt) - all of whom survive her and will miss her and Jerry greatly. There are many more people, young and old, in the community who also considered Judy a 2nd mother, aunt, grandma or just a great friend, always willing to lend a hand, an ear or a dollar.
Judy Minor never met a stranger…just a friend she didn’t yet know. While a dedicated mother and homemaker, Judy also sought other outlets for her creativity and love of people. She had careers in cosmetology and product samples distribution but also volunteered extensively with the Okaloosa County Sheriffs and Sharing & Caring of Niceville. Whether helping others look their best and make good product purchases, directing traffic, or helping the needy…or just whoever showed up on her doorstep, Judy was always there, ready to help. However, if you knew Judy, you knew her passion and biggest hobby was yard sales. Plotting her itinerary, the night before, up before dawn, and always on the lookout for a bargain for herself or others, she established a wider network of friends and bargain hunters. Her presence on Saturdays will be missed by many.
Services will be held at Generations United Church, 108 Highway 85 in Niceville on Wednesday, January 24. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are being coordinated by Heritage Gardens, 2201 North Parton Drive, Niceville, where she will be interred immediately after services. Expressions of love and sympathy can be shared at - http://www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com/. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Judy’s name to the Sharing & Caring of Niceville http://www.sharing-n-caring.org/nicevillehowtohelp.html