JUDY ANN DILLENBURG

Judy Ann Dillenburg, daughter of Cecil and Inez (Marshall) Kneedler, was born at home on August 5, 1948 in New Virginia, IA.
The family moved to various small towns in Southwest Iowa and then finally settled in the Mount Ayr area where Judy graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1967. She later attended SWCC in Creston and graduated with a diploma in Office Occupational Clerical.
On October 5, 1969, Judy married Merrill Still and to this union two daughters, Lisa and Teresa, were born. Judy and Merrill later divorced in 1976.
Judy married Eugene Dillenburg on June 8, 1985 and to that marriage she acquired two stepdaughters, ReNell and Amy, which she considered her own.
Judy began working in high school by walking beans and then moved to the corn detasseling team to help buy material to make dresses for school.
Through the years, Judy worked at several businesses and the different jobs included a salesclerk, waitress and a cook. She later opened Dilly’s Daycare and was a daycare provider for 14 years. She watched over 300 children.
Judy enjoyed baking pies, cookies and cinnamon rolls. She took them to the farmers market where she enjoyed visiting with people.
After retiring from babysitting, Judy became a chauffer for several Amish families and they were like family to her. What Judy enjoyed the most was visiting with them and going on many road trips. She especially enjoyed visiting with the children and they enjoyed her visits as well because they knew she would bring candy to them.
Judy passed away at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr on March 23, 2021 with her family by her side after losing her battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Eldon Dillenburg; brother, Jerry Kneedler; and brothers-in-law, Gene Kohl and Lyle Stump.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene, of Mount Ayr; children, Lisa (Bob) Saxton of Skidmore, MO, Teresa (Shawn) Ritchie of Eldon, MO, ReNell (Wayne) Roybal of Santa Fe, NM and Amy (Brent Stewart) Roybal of Osceola, IA; grandchildren, Brandon (Katie Mitzlaff) Saxton, Aaron Saxton, Mackinzie and Levi Ritchie, KC and Noah Huffman, Ciprianna and Alena Roybal, Laura and Mark Roybal; and three great granddaughters; sisters, LaVenia Stump of Woodward, IA and Linda Kohl of Mount Ayr, IA; brother, Cecil Kneedler, of Winterset, IA; sister-in-law, Faye (Bill) Stull of Mount Ayr, IA; mother-in-law, Retha Dillenburg, of Mount Ayr, IA; as well as several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bart Shields.
Special songs were “Amazing Grace”, “Going Home” and “Till I See You Again”.
Casketbearers were Brandon Saxton, Aaron Saxton, Bob Saxton, Daniel Stull, Bill Stull and Levi Ritchie.
Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Memorial fund to the EveryStep Hospice.

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