October 13, 1940 ~ April 23, 2019
An angel has received her wings. Judy Jo Parker Crafton has been welcomed home on April 23, 2019.Â Surrounded by family and dear friends, after a well fought battle with cancer; she will be missed dearly and loved by all.
Born on October 13, 1940 to Phyllis Young and John Harrison Parker and lovingly raised by Virginia Brown in Salina, Kansas, Judy joined her siblings with more to follow. Her childhood and teenage years were spent in Kansas. One of her claim to fames was being the first African American cheerleader at Junction City High School from 1952-1953.
After meeting the love of her life Jerry Crafton a journey began in travel for the military. In the early 60's Judy joined the NCO wives club. During their short stay in Florida, Judy and Jerry welcomed their precious baby girl, Virginia Ellen Crafton. Finally landing in Northern CA where they spent the better part of their 59 years of married life. In the early 90's Judy's niece Lil Judy was welcomed into the family.Once retiring from the military life, Judy had a satisfying career at Proctor & Gamble. Judy lived life to the fullest bringing joy to everyone she met.
Judy, diagnosed with cancer, fought bravely and family and friends never saw her waiver. Laughing and enjoying life till the very end - it’s hard to believe.
Judy was predeceased by her father John Harrison Parker; mother Virginia Brown; her brother John Harrison Parker III and sister Joyce Lynn Parker. Survived by husband of 59 years Gerald Crafton; daughter Virginia Crafton; brothers Anthony and Ronald Kelly; sisters Janice and Norma Parker and niece Judy Kelly.
As per Judy’s wishes her ashes will join her sister Joyce in beautiful Lake Tahoe.
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