Judy Ann Anderson
Judy Ann Anderson, 66, of Phoenix, Ariz. died Feb. 20, 2015. There will be no services. In support of life, her body was donated to Science Care, a whole body donor program, to advance medicine.
Judy was born April 10, 1948 in Erie, Penn. to Richard C. (Dick) and Jeanne M. (Samson) Mead, and later adopted by William J. (Bill) Anderson.
She graduated from Strong Vincent High School in Erie, Penn. in 1966 and worked at Alley Aids (a family-owned bowling supply company). She married David Peplinski in 1967. Due to his Army career, they lived in various states including New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky, eventually settling in Phoenix, Ariz. before divorcing in 1985.
Judy struggled with brain tumors for eighteen years, which eventually left her blind, but she continued to live on her own until the last three months of her life. She was a role model to everyone around her. People who met Judy found her to be a warm, funny and engaging person who lit up the room with her personality and bright blue eyes.
She loved to eat and cook (making everything from scratch with love and big flavor), and enjoyed nothing more than sharing her culinary creations with a big crowd. There was always room for one more at her table and she loved a good party, a good drink and a good joke.
She also loved to sew, knit and crochet. She continued her knitting hobby even after becoming profoundly blind, making beautiful scarves and afghan blankets for anyone who asked.
She was quick to laugh at her own mistakes and was one of the most generous, thoughtful people you could ever meet. She loved to sing off-key and dance around the kitchen as she cooked, and once on the dance floor it was impossible to get her off. But mostly, she loved her family, putting everyone first and doing everything in her power to help them when they were in need.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Ann (Peplinski) Francis of Lockhart, Texas, and Jennifer Ann (Peplinski) Millett of Peoria, Ariz.; grandchildren Danielle Shepherd, Donovan Shepherd, Ryan Shepherd, Clara Francis and Charles (Chas) Francis.
Alice Mead, Sisters, Mrs. Michael (Sally) Joss, Kathleen J. Anderson, Mrs. Jackson (Mary Ellen) Cantrell, Kimberley M. Anderson, Mrs. Mark (Erin) Lawson, Mrs. Sonny (Alice) McNamee and brothers, Thomas J. Anderson, Richard C. Mead; nieces and nephews Larry, Jeannie, Abigail, Billy, Kirby, Sarah, Elizabeth, Clayton, Mead, Richie, Connor, Shasta, Johnathan and Jimmy. Godmother of Gemma and Thania Lopez, Mexico City, Mexico; and her faithful companion Riley: the wonder dog (mixed breed Dachshund and Chihuahua).
Judy was taken too early, but led a life steeped in love, respect and admiration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy's name to benefit brain tumor research at Barrow Neurological Foundation.