Julia Ann Cogdell

May 25, 1929April 24, 2021

Judy Cogdell passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, April 24th, 2021. Judy was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Herschel Keyser and Rubye Pratt Keyser. In May, she would have turned 92.

Raised primarily in Red Oak, Texas, Judy was surrounded by many strong personalities, including her mother Rubye, her uncles Verne and Edwin Pratt and many other members of the Pratt family. Judy dearly loved her step father, Dan Evans, as well.

After obtaining her Associates degree, Judy worked briefly in the courthouse in Tarrant County. She met her husband, I. B. “Slim” Cogdell who had recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma following his service in the United States Air Force in World War II. They would go on to marry and have two children, Blake and Dan Cogdell.

As I. B. Cogdell worked as a salesman for Texaco, the family lived in several cities in both Texas and Oklahoma before they eventually settled in Houston, Texas in 1968. Judy immersed herself in the role of a homemaker and was known for keeping an immaculate house and was a fantastic mother to her two sons.

Her small stature, at least superficially, masked her inner strength and character. Those who slighted or underestimated her would quickly learn to regret so doing. Judy had a quick but dry (and occasionally sardonic) wit that served her well and was appreciated by anyone close to her. That said, Judy rarely met a stranger she didn’t like-unless they really deserved to be disliked.

Judy’s happiest role in life was clearly being a grandmother (or “Udy” as she was known to her grandchildren Kelsey, Cameron and Hunter Cogdell).

Judy leaves behind her eldest son Blake Cogdell, his wife Chrissy and their children-Kelsey Cogdell, Cameron Cogdell and his wife Abbie, Stephen Price and his wife Amber, Dylan Price-plus 8 great grandchildren.

She also leaves behind her youngest son Dan Cogdell, his wife Robin and their children Jamie and Hunter Cogdell-as well as their grandson Pierce Penton Cogdell.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request a small donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Alternatively, the family would simply request you raise a toast to her by sipping on a Margarita in her honor.


  • Graveside

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


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May 2, 2021

Judy or "Udy" as my children affectionately called her was one of those rare individuals who possessed deep insight yet related to you in a way that was special and rare. I can still hear her laugh as she was quick to find humor in difficult situations or just in responding to a funny moment.

I learned a great many things from Judy. She taught me how to cook, how to entertain, and to navigate the wide expanses of Round Top during the antique weekend. Oh, how we loved scouring those tents seeking treasures. She would keep an eye for those items that you might have picked up and admired but put back. To your surprise, that item would show up as a special Christmas or birthday gift.

The time she devoted to our children was truly special. She loved taking them to museums, the ballet, or to a live play. They loved these special outings or "dates" with her. They learned to appreciate a variety of activities with Udy at the helm.

One of my most precious memories includes a long-winded phone conversation about her faith in God. She unabashedly shared her salvation with Christ and it is in knowing to whom she placed her trust that I know exactly where she is today.

Judy, thank you for the years of friendship, the laughs, the tears, and most of all, for being the BEST grandmother to her beloved grandchildren. You will be missed, sweet friend.