VERSAILLES, MO. – It was May 26, 1944, when Millard and Jean Hathaway Deshon took their daughter Judith K. into their family.
Judy, as she was called, grew up in St. Joseph with two brothers, Rick and Mark, and a sister, Patsy. She attended St. Joseph School and a year of college before meeting and later married Jack Parson on August 6, 1965. For the next 55 years, Judy and Jack enjoyed the ups and downs of marriage; Experience the joy of raising two sons, Brian and Jason, and welcoming four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren along the way.
For most of Judy’s professional career, she worked in the medical field as an insurance calculator and programmer at various medical offices in the St. Joseph area. She enjoyed working with the many medical staff over the years and enjoyed the time she was with Dr. Prokop and his co-workers.
When she wasn’t working and spending time with her family, she could read a favorite book, tackle a sewing project, or pamper one of her many canine companions. Music was her passion and putting on her dancing shoes was a popular pastime. She was always ready to dance, even when her health began to fail she could be seen dancing in her living room.
Spring and summer were dedicated to their beloved Kansas City Royals, and fall and winter were spent rooting the Chiefs. There was never a dull moment in the Parson house when it was about sports.
In 2019, Judy and Jack moved from St. Joseph to their little slice of the Ozarks; That was a dream for Judy. She was busy keeping up with family and friends on Facebook and started a new hobby of collecting little red trucks.
Judy died late on Wednesday evening, March 10, 2021, with her husband by her side in their home in the Ozarks.
She will be remembered forever by her beloved husband, Jack Parson from home. two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Rachel Parson of Versailles, Missouri, and Jason and Sherri Parson of St. Joseph; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rick DeShon and Mark and Cherrie DeShon, all from St. Joseph; four grandchildren, Jordan, Shana, Dominique, and Wesley; five great-grandchildren, Hunter, Brody, Luke, Kaiden, and Israel; along with their nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Patricia “Patsy” Sloan (Farmer).
She was cremated according to her wishes. A celebration of Judy’s life will be held on May 8, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Stoney Creek, St. Joseph.
Commemorative donations in Judy’s memory are proposed to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter at 701 SW Lower Lake Road, St. Joseph, MO 64504.
www.scrivner-morrow.com As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.