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Kraft Funeral Service & Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park

2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN

OBITUARY

Judy Smith

May 29, 1944August 7, 2019
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Judy Smith, 75, of Floyds Knobs, passed away August 7, 2019 at The Medical Center of Bowling Green. She was born on May 29, 1944 in Newton, New Jersey to the late Robert William Edmonds and Catherine June Hanold Edmonds. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She and her husband, were longtime owners of Marengo Cave and current owners of Cave Country Canoes.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gordon Lynn Smith Jr.; two daughters, Cindy Palmer (Bill) and Tammy Ochsner (Robert); two grandchildren, Anna and Lucy Palmer; a sister, Carol Miller (John); a brother, Robert Edmonds; and three grand dogs, Rojo, Truck and Oliver.

Visitation will be from 12-5 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road and from 9-10 am on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the church. A service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1787 Klerner Lane, New Albany, Indiana 47150 with a luncheon following. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Marengo Cemetery, 220 East Old Water Street, Marengo, Indiana 47140 (additional parking at Marengo Cave) with a reception following at Marengo Cave, Shelter House.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the National Cave Museum, P.O. Box 250, Park City, Kentucky 42160.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gordon Lynn Smith Jr.; two daughters, Cindy Palmer (Bill) and Tammy Ochsner (Robert); two grandchildren, Anna and Lucy Palmer; a sister, Carol Miller (John); a brother, Robert Edmonds; and three grand dogs, Rojo, Truck and Oliver.
  • DONATIONS

  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • National Cave Museum

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019

Memories

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Borgio Verezzi Showcave Liguria (Italy)

August 21, 2019

Deepest sympathy and condolences.

Staff Borgio Verezzi Showcave

Randy Langhover

August 18, 2019

I have many memories of all the cave conventions but what stuck out the most with Judy and Gordon is in 1988 in the back of Cave of the Winds, CO. Grant Carey took about a dozen of us on a wild tour in the Silent Splendor section and there was a vertical climb of about 30 ft that lead up to a tire that Grant had to uncover for us to get in a beautiful section. Judy was so short, and in front of me going up the climb that I let her use my shoulders to put her feet on to be able to get up that vertical passage. I believe we did that same scenario on the way back down. It was fun. God bless the family. I know first hand its hard to lose a spouse, but never the memories.

STEPHEN & LINDA FAIRCHILD

August 13, 2019

I remember a beautiful sunny day in a small Greek village, walking the quiet streets with Judy, listening to her cheerful greetings to all we met. Such a special time! Her ready smile, her joyful laugh, and the obvious devotion the two of you shared were wonderful to behold. Gordon, we shall miss her, as will the enormous cave community that was fortunate enough to have known her. You hold a special place in our hearts.

Lettie and Charlie Stickley

August 12, 2019

Gordon, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. She was a special lady .

Mike Warner

August 12, 2019

Judy at the NSS 2018 NSS Convention with the caver quilt they purchased.

FRIEDRICH OEDL

August 12, 2019

Dear Gordon what sad news! Best wishes to you and your family also fom my wife Marlies and our daughters Franziska and Constanze.
Yours Friedrich

Mike Caywood

August 11, 2019

Gordon, I am so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. I'm so glad I had the priviledge of meeting her a few years ago. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Larry E. Matthews

August 11, 2019

Gordon, I am so sorry for your loss. I missed Judy's beautiful smile at this years' NSS Convention. She always brightened up any room that she was in.

Larry E. Matthews

Gary K. Soule

August 11, 2019

Gordon, I wish you, and your family my sympathy during this difficult time in the journey of life. I echo what many of you have already said. Judy was one remarkable lady and you couldn't have picked a better life partner. Remember the good times in your various world travels.

Judy was the type of lady who one could easily relate to and share cave memories. What a pair you two have made in the show cave world.

With sympathy on the loss of Judy.....

Gary K. Soule

Kris Beckwith

August 11, 2019

Judy was a very special lady. Prayers for the family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Kelsey Creek farm with Anna and Cindy

FROM THE FAMILY

In GEM golf cart in Marengo parade

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Current River with grandkids

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Sunset Big Four Bridge Louisville

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It’s a Small World- Disney World

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On cruise with Anna

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Trick or treating with Lucy and Anna

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Biography

Judy Smith, 75, of Floyds Knobs, passed away August 7, 2019 at The Medical Center of Bowling Green. She was born on May 29, 1944 in Newton, New Jersey to the late Robert William Edmonds and Catherine June Hanold Edmonds. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She and her husband, were longtime owners of Marengo Cave and current owners of Cave Country Canoes.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gordon Lynn Smith Jr.; two daughters, Cindy Palmer (Bill) and Tammy Ochsner (Robert); two grandchildren, Anna and Lucy Palmer; a sister, Carol Miller (John); a brother, Robert Edmonds; and three grand dogs, Rojo, Truck and Oliver.

Visitation will be from 12-5 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road and from 9-10 am on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the church. A service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1787 Klerner Lane, New Albany, Indiana 47150 with a luncheon following. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Marengo Cemetery, 220 East Old Water Street, Marengo, Indiana 47140 (additional parking at Marengo Cave) with a reception following at Marengo Cave, Shelter House.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the National Cave Museum, P.O. Box 250, Park City, Kentucky 42160.