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Earthman Southwest Funeral Home

12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford, TX

OBITUARY

Judy Ann Derry

March 25, 1947May 3, 2020
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Judy Ann Derry, 73, of Missouri City, Texas passed away on May 3, 2020. She was born in Caney, Kansas on March 25, 1947, to Cleon and Laura Ross.

She was married to Richard Nelson for 14 years before he passed, then was married to Robert Derry for 5 years before his passing.

Judy had a long career in education in the Fort Bend Independent School district where she worked in the special education department for 20 years. She was very giving to her family and friends and loved to travel to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Judy was preceded in death by her father Cleon Ross, mother Laura Ross, first husband Richard Nelson, second husband Robert Derry, brother Harrison Ross and sister Alice Rolston.

She is survived by her daughter Natalie Guerrero and husband Raymond Guerrero, Jr., son Eric Nelson and wife Rebekah Nelson, and grandchildren Rachel, Caleb and Elizabeth Nelson.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 11, 2020

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Alexandra Cortez

May 15, 2020

Judy was always so welcoming to me and I had the opportunity to spend some Christmas Days with the family, where I got to know her better. Once we moved closer, it was nice to see her and hangout more often, and our dim sum lunch a few months back was an awesome time. I think of her every time I use the blankets she knitted for me, and I’m going to miss her tons.

Marisa Mehta

May 15, 2020

First of all, my family and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you Eric, Natalie and your families for the loss of your beloved mother. May the thought that she is now at peace with our Lord and her memories give you strength at this time of sorrow.

It was 1981 when we moved next to your old house. Judy and your Dad welcomed us in the neighborhood with open arms. Both were just so down to earth and caring . We felt so fortunate and blessed for having such wonderful neighbors. It became like, "my house is your house", especially with Natalie and Shruti.
Judy remained a steady positive influence even after Rick was gone. Always with a ready smile , willingness to help .... and doing all those different crafts! I think she will be knitting up there too!

Shruti Mehta-Strivens

May 14, 2020

Your home was my second home growing up. Many of my childhood memories include your mom! I always remember her sitting at the top of the driveway when we were all playing outside or climbing the tree in your front yard. She also was a great cook and I loved eating "American" food at yours! Xxx

Carla Meuth

May 12, 2020

I can hardly type this memory in honor of Judy, due to all my tears. She was my right and left arm in Special education at PGE. We shared great expectations of all of our kids and she was loved by all. I have the blanket over my couch that she made for me and the coaster out always that she so loving made. The coasters have been played by not only my kids ,but my grandkids. I tell each about Judy. She was better than many teachers I have worked with and had a wonderful laugh. We always had a stash of goodies to share, and so many stories. We often met at Mexican food places and could be there way too long ,not for the food,but her friendship. Judy, teach the children well in heaven, God can use your expertise. Love you, Carla Meuth.

Dale Ross

May 12, 2020

I remember the day you were born. I was 10 years old and didn't quite understand what happened that I had a little Sister all of the sudden. My mother and grandmother were discussing a name without compromise. I said I think Judy Ann sounds good and it stuck. From the time you could walk you were my shadow unless I was working in the fields. You were a sweetie then and stayed that way the rest of your life. You will be sorely missed by many.

Brent Dobo

May 12, 2020

I met Judy my first year teaching and we became instant buddies. She treated me like one of her own kids and always requested a big hug at one of our many Happy Hours. Her dry and witty sense of humor was a source of endearment, especially to me. Judy and I kept in close contact as she commented frequently on my Facebook page along with text messages. I will forever cherish the Astros blanket she knitted for me, as it will serve as a constant reminder of what she meant to me. I hope now you’ll be my Guardian Angel. Love you!

Vickie Bloom

May 12, 2020

I was so fortunate to have worked with Judy at PGE! She always had a happy disposition and brought a smile to my face when I saw her come into my classroom or when I saw her in the hallway. The children respected and loved her! She knew how to get children to do their very best and feel good about it. Truly an angel in our school and now a forever angel in Heaven! She will be missed and loved forever.

Ashley Freeman

May 12, 2020

The clearest memory I have of Mrs. Judy is sitting in her sun room and watching her put together a large complicated jigsaw puzzle. I had never seen anyone put a puzzle like that together before and it intrigued me. I remember I would try to put some pieces together when she wasn’t looking. To this day I think of her and that memory when I am putting together a puzzle. She was a strong, kind, caring woman. She will be missed, but the memories we carry of her and with her will remain with us always.

Judy Tinsley

May 12, 2020

Judy was a special person who made me a better person. She had a. big ❤ and was very generous. A good friend. She was like a loaf of Italian bread: crusty on the outside and soft in the inside. We miss her.

Nina Garcia

May 12, 2020

I have never met anyone that had more nutcrackers than Ms.Judy. She raised such a wonderful caring daughter Natalie, who became my best friend for many years. Ms. Judy was always kind and had a great witty sense of humor. She will be missed deeply.

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