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JULIA “JUDY” LOUISE MINNICK

Julia “Judy” Louise Minnick, age 84, daughter of William “Bill” Lester and Lois H. (Hass) Motsinger, was born August 13, 1936, in her parents’ country home at Grant City, MO. Judy grew up helping her dad and brother, Bob, on the farm along with learning how to cook, can and sew from her mother. The family established a home south of Kellerton, IA and she attended school there. When Judy was 14 years old, she went to the skating rink in Mount Ayr, IA, when the whistle blew to change partners, 16-year-old Lyle Edward Minnick grabbed her hand and began skating with her. They did not switch partners the rest of the evening. They dated for the next two years and were married on January 23, 1953. They were blessed with four children, Norman, Tim, Todd and Julie.
Lyle was discharged from the Navy in 1955. He and Judy lived in Jacksonville, FL for three months prior to moving back to Iowa. They settled north of Kellerton on a farm where they would spend the next 57 years together. Over the years Judy was a wife and mother, helped Lyle with the farming, raised big gardens and was always canning the fruits of her labor. She rode in the truck with Lyle every chance she had. Always enjoyed coffee with her neighbor and best friend, Mary Baker. She was a seamstress and made clothes for her children as well as others. She worked at O’Bryan Brothers factory in Leon, IA as a seamstress. When her sons, Tim and Todd, got married, she made bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. She was always up for the challenge of taking on any of the family’s, neighbors, and friend’s sewing needs.
Judy was a member of the Kellerton American Legion Auxiliary. She and Lyle were often found square dancing at the Clover Leaf Hall in Mount Ayr on the weekends. When Lyle was playing on a fast pitch softball team, she worked in the snack shacks. In 1982, Judy got accepted into the Licensed Practical Nursing program at SWCC. She graduated in 1983, with her LPN degree and began working at Lamoni Nursing and Rehab in Lamoni, IA. She later worked at Mount Ayr Health Care Center and the Clearview Home, both in Mount Ayr. In 2001, she retired and became a full-time babysitter for her granddaughter, Addison.
During the retirement years Judy enjoyed spending days on the farm with her kids and grandkids. She could even be found in a go-cart or on a 4-wheeler enjoying the day with them. She and Lyle enjoyed camping in their motorhome, making yearly trips to Yuma, AZ and Colorado Springs, CO with kids and grandkids. She always wanted to show them where her family used to live and always had to check on the balancing rock at the Garden of the Gods. They made trips to San Diego, CA to visit son, Norman, where she enjoyed seeing Coronado Beach and Hotel del Coronado. She and Lyle enjoyed road trips and attended music shows throughout Iowa and Missouri. She loved to crochet and made numerous afghans and stocking hats for the kids and grandkids. They also attended school activities to watch the grandkids.
Judy and her beloved husband, Lyle, both died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA from complications of Covid-19.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Bob Motsinger; and sisters, Retha French and Rose Fugate Merrill.
Survivors include her husband, Lyle, for four more minutes; children, Norman Minnick of San Diego, CA, Tim and Kristi Minnick of Leon, IA, Todd and Loni Minnick of Mount Ayr, IA, and Julie and Everett Parmer of Van Wert, IA; grandchildren, Annalise, Keaton and Kole Minnick, Taran Minnick, Logan Kelley and Addison Parmer; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.
A double memorial graveside service was held at the Benton Cemetery, Benton, IA at 11 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2020, with Pastor Terry D. Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Benton Cemetery. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, IA.
A memorial fund has been established by the Family. Memorials may be mailed to Julie Parmer, PO Box 91, Van Wert, IA  50262.

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