Judith L. "Judy" Pence

March 7, 1942June 9, 2014
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Judith Lynn "Judy" Pence SPRINGFIELD, IL- Judith Lynn "Judy" Pence, 72, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, at Villa Health Care East in Sherman. Judy was born March 7, 1942, in Springfield, the daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Heise) Whitmore. Judy was a lifetime resident of Springfield graduating form Lanphier High School. She received her bachelor's degree in social work from Sangamon State University and her master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois. Judith had worked for the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services for many years until she retired. Outside of work Judy enjoyed trying her luck at the boats in Alton and Peoria. Surviving Judy are her daughter, Lisa Ann Parks (fiancé, Adam Risley) of Springfield; sister, Marilyn K. Tate of Springfield; nephews: Larry (Chris) Kutscher of Springfield, Gary (Maria) Kutscher of Huntington Beach, CA, Rob (Melissa) Kutscher of San Ramon, CA, and David (Heather) Whitmore of Pawnee, IL; niece, Connie (Brian) Small of Galatia, IL; 11 great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by former husbands, Tom Parks and Jim Pence. Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilynne Whitmore; her brothers-in-law, Harry Kutscher and Dean Tate; and nephew, Harry Lee Kutscher. Cremation rites were accorded by Bisch & Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen St., Springfield, IL 62703, where a celebration of life gathering will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, with a prayer service led by Pastor Greg Busboom to end the evening. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Memorial Home Services Hospice of Springfield, IL, the American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association.


  • Celebration Of Life Gathering Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Prayer Service Thursday, June 19, 2014

Judith L. "Judy" Pence

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Ron Davidson

June 22, 2014

I had the honor of working with Judy at DCFS. She was a dedicated professional who always maintained the best interest of children in all she did.

My thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.

June 19, 2014

I worked with Judy at DCFS for over twenty five years. I will always remember her as a wonderful caring individual who was friendly and sensitive to the needs of others. I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to her family.
Sincerely, Nathaniel Gibson

June 19, 2014

Judy & I were neighbors on third street during grade school & high school & had a lot of fun together. With Deepest Sympathy! Pam Marrin Williamson (Hillsboro, IL)

Nancy Roncancio

June 18, 2014

I was lucky enough to have worked with Judy at DCFS. She was a warm, caring woman with a great laugh. She will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

June 18, 2014

To Judy's family I offer my prayers and condolences' I am so sorry for your loss.

An LHS classmate of Judys.

Nyaline Upton Sugent

Judy (Garlo) Robison

June 17, 2014

To the family,
Sorry for your loss, I went to high school with Judy. I will keep all of you in my prayers

jim Cribbett

June 17, 2014

I went to school with Judy, class of '60'. We are sorry for your loss and will keep you all in out thoughts and prayers.

Debra Kinsey

June 13, 2014

I knew Judy through our work at DCFS. She was a kind-hearted woman who cared very deeply about helping adoptive families. Her hard work and dedication made a huge difference in so many ways to so many children. God bless you, Judy.

Fran Hopper

June 13, 2014

Judy and I were friends since we were twelve years old. Lots of good memories over all those years and we had some good laughs in the last two weeks, I will miss her. RIP my friend.

E. Skube

June 12, 2014

I worked with Judy at DCFS. Kind and generous, with a great sense of humor, she was a pleasure to know. I am very saddened and sorry to hear of this lovely lady's passing.