Jerusha (Judy) Bartay

August 29, 1940January 22, 2017
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Mary Jerusha Crawford Bartay, 76, of Missouri City, Texas, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

She is preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, Lee Bartay, AKA “The Wookie” as well as her sister, Elizabeth Wallace, and her brother, Nace Crawford, Jr.

Judy is survived by her brother, Jim Crawford, children, Susie & Bill Adair, Scott Bartay, Beth & Gary Ladd, and Amy & Mack Warren. Her grandchildren, Clay Adair, Kristie Kilgore and Rebecca Schaefer will sorely miss her presence in their lives. She was blessed to have many people in her life call her Mimi.

Mary Jerusha Crawford Bartay was born to the late Nace and Jerusha Crawford in Nachogdoches, Texas on August 29, 1940. She graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, TX. Judy attended Lon Morris College for her undergrad degree where she later served on the board. She earned her Master’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University in Nachogdoches, Texas.

Judy was a well-respected teacher by the students whom she taught in Fort Bend County schools for 20 years and retired from Lamar Consolidated ISD as an assistant principal 10 years later. To celebrate her retirement she decided to assist teaching interns, worked with them thru ACT, and continued as a mentor until the day she died.

She was born to a Methodist minister and lived her life preforming acts of service. She loved volunteering her time and you could find her at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for many years, participating in activities with the Ladies’ Go Texan committee (yes, even wearing the Miss Moo costume on occasion) as well as “Jools” the clown, on the Speaker’s Committee.

In addition to the Rodeo she contributed countless hours serving on the Fort Bend County Welfare Board, The Women’s Club of Missouri City, as well as a volunteering at First United Methodist Church of Missouri City.

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, January 26th from 5-7 PM at First United Methodist Church of Missouri City.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 27th at 11 AM at First United Methodist of Missouri City with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Judy will be interred at Davis Greenlawn Cemetery with immediate family attending.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church Missouri City to honor their Family Promise Ministry. Donations can be made online at or mailed to First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington, Missouri City, TX, 77459.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 27, 2017


Jerusha (Judy) Bartay

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Sally Perry

January 31, 2017

My heart was broken that I didn't get to Houston for the service. I was with you all in love and spirit.

January 28, 2017

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I knew Judy through the Woman's Club of Missouri City. She was a lovely and gracious lady.
Donna Golemi (Missouri City, TX)

Dave Morrell, Sr.

January 27, 2017

I had the pleasure of serving with Judy on the Fort Bend County Child Welfare Board for a year. She was a wonderful person with whom to share that responsibility. We will miss her very much.

Dave Anderson

January 26, 2017

I have just heard of Judy's passing and my heart is broken. I knew Judy through our wonderful friendship when we lived in Sugar Land and attended the same church.

She truly was always such a beautiful Lady, and beautiful soul. A champion for the underdog and others that needed support and help. Her smile can be seen across any room. The worlds joy and class always are words that come to mind with Judy Bartay!

I am grieving this light no longer here but amongst the stars I will see at night. She was a gift and I will cherish her always.

May the peace that comes from the "Prince of Peace" embrace and hold you all...

Deb Rader

January 26, 2017

Mrs. Bartay was a teacher/advisor to my daughter at CECP. I wonder if she knew how many young lives she touched. Her legacy lives on in those fortune enough to have known her. My deepest sympathy to the family and close friends of this wonderful lady. We will not forget you. -"Shelby Kasberger's mom"

Rosellen {Malone} Owens

January 26, 2017

My heart was saddened when I got an e-mail from a close friend that Jo had passed on to be with her Heavenly Father and reunited with her husband. It makes one realize that we need to cherrish every living moment we have and be thankful for what God has gven us. Jo was a dear friend and classmate at Ball High School. I know she will be missed by so many family members and friends.

Bob/Jane Thompson

January 26, 2017

Judy is somone we all try to emulate as she was always giving, loving, caring and pleasant. As Marty says, she is the best of the best of the best. We will miss her presence by will never forget the memories of how she impacts our lives.

Julie Agee

January 25, 2017

My precious cousin, who I shared so many childhood memories with is gone forever. I remember Judy as loving, and a giving family member. We spent summers and holidays as youngsters having fun and being part of a very large loving family. This is a huge loss for us. We will miss her. Rest in peace, Jude's, we love you.

Janie Sisson

January 25, 2017

Aunt Judy lived life to the fullest faced each day with class,grace and forever as a Lady! She showed abundant love and empathy for those around her . She faced each adversity with a touch of humor and never took herself very serious she was a great humanitarian and volunteered tirelessly and with great passion. Aunt Judy aka Jools the clown the only 76 year old rodeo clown you will ever meet,you take a piece of each life you touched with you especially my heart.You loved well and we're well loved and will be greatly missed by all.Say hello to Uncle Wookie for us all.

Forrest Allen Ward

January 25, 2017

Cindy and I had the wonderful experience of knowing Judy & her whole family for years now. We found a true friend with a loving heart, a learned mind and a fabulous sense of humor and fun. We love Judy! Her beautiful family was a hallmark of her life. Her service to her students was remarkably brilliant. Her relationship with Lee Bartay was genuine and lasting. We will never forget Judy and her kindness to us. We were drawn to her. We appreciate each time we were with her. Thank you, Judy, for your faith, your love and your being true to your calling!