January 25, 1939 ~ March 29, 2019

Born in: Ithaca, New York
Resided in: Olathe, Kansas

Judy passed away on March 29, 2019 from Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 80 with friends and family at her side. She was born on January 25, 1939 in Ithaca, New York to Edward and Virginia Palmquist. Her family spent a short time in Canada before settling in Columbia, Missouri. Judy graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri and her Master of Education at Ohio University.

Judy met her husband Dan in 1962, and the two were married on December 4, 1964. In 1972 they relocated to Flagstaff, Arizona where the raised their two children.

Judy had a distinguished teaching career with the majority spent at Sechrist School in Flagstaff, AZ. Her primary focus was 1st grade and Special Education. She enjoyed spending summers on the beach at her parents’ home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. In her free time, she was an avid tennis player, piano player, a great hostess to guests in her home, and affectionate grandmother. Judy and Dan enjoyed their retirement years in Sun City, Arizona, Anthem, Arizona, and Olathe, Kansas, before moving to Denver, Colorado last year.

Judy will be fondly remembered as a kind and loving person, with a soft spot for children and animals, always offering her time and attention to those in need.

Judy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Daniel Peterson; children, Juli (Kevin) Grossman, Lloyd (Jennifer) Peterson; grandchildren, Jaden, Dax and Blaze Grossman, Allison, Anna and Nicholas Peterson; brothers, Robert (Judy) and William (Genevieve) Palmquist; many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

A Rosary prayer service will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday May 16, and we will celebrate her life at a funeral mass on Friday May 17th at 10:00 am, both at the Divine Mercy Parish, 555 West Main, Gardner, KS 66030.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Judy Peterson to the CU Foundation online at https://giving.cu.edu, or by mail to the CU Foundation, P.O. Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217-9155.

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Rosary: May 16, 2019 6:00 pm

Divine Mercy Parish
555 West Main Street
Gardner, Kansas 66030

(913) 856-7781

Funeral Mass: May 17, 2019 10:00 am

Divine Mercy Parish
555 West Main Street
Gardner, Kansas 66030

(913) 856-7781

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Judith Anne Palmquist Peterson's name.

CU Foundation

P.O. Box 17126
Denver, Colorado 80217

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  1. I love you mom! I will never forget you. I thank you for moving to Denver to let me take care of you. I know you will watch over me and the boys.

  2. Such a wonderful and gracious lady. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you. You will be dearly missed by family and friends. May God grant eternal rest to you and let perpetual light shine upon you. Rest in peace Judy.

  3. so glad i was able to see judy in october and most happy that juli was able to spend the last year with her every day

  4. We were so happy to welcome Juli, Judy and Dan into our family when Kevin and Juli married. So glad that Juli was there for Judy (and Dan) in this past year.


  5. Robin, I and Zach were blessed to have had the chance to get to know Judy through the years. She was on the side lines when Dax and Zach played soccer and then beside the courts as they played tennis. Then when she moved to Arvada, it was our pleasure to get to spend a little time with her too. She had such a quiet, sweet demeanor and was so pleased to show us around their new place. While hearts are so heavy in losing her, God gained another sweet angel!

  6. I am the Web Shepherd of the University High School were Judy spent her formative years in Columbia, MO. The school graduated its last Senior class in 1973 but we have maintained a website to honor the alums, faculty, and friends of this incredible school. We invite Judy’s family members to find out more about U-High by registering at http://www.uhighlives.org. It is free but does require that you create a user name and password.
    We will miss Judy but her “sunshine” smile will stay forever in our memories.
    Bob Luebbers – Web Shepherd

  7. Good bye Judy, thank you to be a good sister in law…to help me with the English language ( from Belgium) to be nice, cheerful hostess when inviting family, friends (from other countries) love people to be together….
    You will stay in my heart…..

  8. Judy was truly one of a kind. She was a mentor and friend at Sechrist School for many years. Heaven has welcomed a really special spirit with her passing. The empty place in my heart will be filled with so many happy memories of my friend. God speed, Judy.

  9. Dan and family- Sandy and I we saddened by the news of Judy’s passing. She is fondly remembered as the dedication to her vocation as a Special Ed and a a faith Christian. We believe that she was greeted at the gates of heaven with “Well done good and faithful servant “

  10. I was so blessed to have had Judy as my mentor teacher and to get to work with her at Sechrist. Even during the most stressful times with our most challenging students, she remained calm and compassionate. She was truly loved by her students, their parents and the Sechrist staff. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Sending my love and prayers to Juli, Lloyd, Dan and family. God speed my friend.

  11. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Judy. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

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