Judith Kay Dencklau
April 14, 1941 – July 19, 2020
Jude “Judith” Dencklau, 79, of Amarillo passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at home surrounded by her adoring family.
Judith will lie in state for visitation on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 5pm to 8pm in the Memorial Park Funeral Home located at 6969 E. Interstate 40 in Amarillo. A graveside service will take place in the Memorial Park Cemetery’s Garden of Cross on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10am with Judith’s family presiding over the celebration. At the request of Jude and the family, everyone is asked to please wear a hat of some sort and dress as casually and comfortable as possible.
Judith was born April 14, 1941 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Vernon H and Alice H (Jeys) Bock. On October 27, 1957 she married David Dencklau. In 1973, she relocated to Amarillo, Texas where she became a lifelong resident until her passing.
She was a homemaker and worker for many years. She hated shoes, purses, cell phones, and computers. She had many loves, including but not limited to her backyard, football, nascar, teddy bears and Indians, playing cards, and going to her grand babies sporting events. Her absolute favorite holiday was Christmas, which she did ALL year long. She made ornaments for her grandchildren and decorations for the older girls every year.
She searched for God in a twelve step program in 1979 and found herself. In 2010, she searched for “God’s Son” and lived the good life ever since.
Judith is preceded in death by her parents Alice and Vern Bock, her older sisters Pat Birnbaum, Ruth Kennedy, Nancy Moringhoff, and Verna Snell, brother Michael Bock; daughter in law Lisa Dencklau, grandchild Kayla Dencklau, and great grandchild David Dencklau Jr. Those left to cherish her memory are sisters Jo Dencklau and June Sankey, brother Charles Bock, her six children Julie Dencklau of Beaumont, TX, David Dencklau of Amarillo, Craig Dencklau of Pampa, TX, TJ Stoneham of Beaumont, TX, Brian Dencklau of Grandbury, TX, and Rhonda Chesser of Spearman, TX; 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren on the way.
- Grandchildren, Honorary Pallbearers
- Great-grandchildren, Honorary Pallbearers
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Celebration of Life
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Judith Kay Dencklau
July 22, 2020
Jude was instrumental in my life. I’ve never used that term before... Long ago, she became my stepmom. I was selfish, immature, insincere. I was fourteen and she was still raising her youngest child, Rhonda, and her disabled grandson, Rodney - “Scooter”, as we call him. She had five other Awesome kids, she loved and worried for, who were then, grown... Nonetheless, her hands were totally full!... I never made Anything easy for her - and for that I am sorry... She was Strong and honest... She was just what I needed in my life, and I resented her every day for it. I was a child. When I was grown, and she was no longer married to my dad, she came and got me in the middle of the night, and said “It’s time. We need to go...” And she took me to my Dad’s bedside, and we were with him when he died... She gave me that. She was an example of strength and love and honesty, that Everyone Needs.
Thank you, Mom. Thank you. I honestly love you, and I am forever changed because of you. But you already know that. ~ Ruthie
July 20, 2020
I have had such great times over the years with Jude. One of my favorite memories is of her Christmas Parties and the times we had at the "Club". She and I remained good friends even though I live in Vermont and was unable to visit any longer. She kept me updated on our mutual grandchildren and I am so grateful for that. I will miss our phone chats. My love and prayers are with her family - all of them.