Judith Barnard

Born April 21, 1945

Judy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. After a brief illness, she passed away on October 21, 2011. Born in Harper, KS, on April 21, 1945, she attended Terry Parker High School, in Jacksonville, FL and graduated in 1963. Judy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Akron University, in Ohio, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She worked as an English teacher in the Duval County School District for many years.

Judy is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Jack, her son, Christopher, his wife, Rowena, grandchildren, Christian and Sophia, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her parents, Juanita and Jack and brother, Jack. She will be remembered as a kind and loving woman and poet.

Judy wrote a weekly newspaper column entitled, “Just a Thought.” These articles were thought provoking, humorous, and often satirical.

Her family and friends will always remember her personalized writings that she wrote for them.

In lieu of flowers, family would like a memorial gift to be given to The American Cancer Society.

“I’ll wrap my words in pretty ribbons from my mind and soul and give them to you as a present.” JMB


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Christopher Barnard

November 15, 2011

As each passing day goes without you mom, I have more memories of our time together. Your kind words and unending love has kept me going through my darkest times, past and present. I miss and love you so much. I am truly blessed to have been chosen to be a part of your family.

Rowena Barnard

October 27, 2011

Words that I think about when I think of Mom: "Feliz Navidad," butterflies, dragonflies, sunflowers, Jello salad, a graduation orchid for my reunion, fedoras, "she is the cutest one, isn't she?" and my favorite, "it's perfect but it will have to do." Mom always made me feel like I was part of the family, even before Chris and I got engaged. I was ecstatic that she chose to write a poem for us, "The Promise Keepers," for our wedding (and read it). There is so much to say about my wonderful Mother-in-law, I can't even scratch the surface. I will miss her so much.

Tari Miller

October 26, 2011

Jack, Chris and family, I have such fun memories of Judy...attending the "Moody Blues" concert at 'Blossom' in the pouring rain, her butterfly tattoo (before tattoos were all the rage), her perspective on life and genuine laugh...she was a blessing to those of us fortunate enough to have known her. Enjoy your memories...she was a gift.
You are in my thoughts , Tari Miller (Wadsworth, Ohio)

Lori Birkbeck

October 25, 2011

Dearest Uncle Jack and Chris. Aunt Judy will be deeply missed. Sorry I could not be there to give you all a hug! You are always in my thoughts and prayers. We love you!!!

John Barnard

October 25, 2011

Uncle Jack and Chris,
Thanks to you both and Aunt Judy for all the years of being a part of the person I have become. Aunt Judy's laughter and wisdom never failed to amaze me. She marched to the beat of a different drum, as do I, and I think that was why we always got along so well. I will miss her and I love you all.
Your nephew and cousin,