Judy Madsen Johnson
November 16, 1935 – June 3, 2018
Judith (Judy) Madsen Johnson of Winter Park, Florida, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, June 3, at 3:45 a.m., at the age of 82, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Judy was predeceased by her brother, Ted, and her parents, Edward (Ted) and Vera.
Judy is survived by beloved husband, Mitch; brother, Richard Harvey and wife Anna, of Lakeland; daughter, Jan Heffelfinger and husband Curt, of Maitland; son, Rick Madsen and wife Wendy, of Winter Park; son, Jose Torrez and wife, Cindy, of Maitland; son, Raul Carrillo of Apopka; daughter, Barby Molnar and husband John, of Orlando; stepdaughter, Nicole Conlan, of Manteo, NC; stepson, Mitch Johnson and wife Ashton of Winterville, NC; stepson, Chris Johnson, of Kissimmee; and 19 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and innumerable friends.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, on November 16, 1935, Judy moved with her family to Seaman, Ohio, and then to Somerset, Kentucky, where, at the age of 15, she dedicated her heart to Jesus Christ at church camp. Later, the family moved to Orlando, Florida, where Judy graduated from Edgewater High School, and played clarinet in the marching band. Judy also played the piano and loved singing in choir. Judy met and married Bill Madsen, and together they had three children, Jan, Rick, and Barby. Several years after their divorce, Judy adopted two sons, Jose and Raul, making the family complete. In 1965, as a single mother, Judy went to work for Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. (HI), incorporating her passion for decorating and love of people with her gifts of hospitality and management. She was eventually promoted to Unit Manager, Branch Manager, and Area Manager before retiring at age 50, in 1986. Christian founder of HI, Mary Crowley, was Judy’s mentor and friend, and she quoted Mary often. Judy fell in love and later married Franklin Mitchell (Mitch) Johnson--an accomplished pilot and war veteran--on September 30, 1994.
Retirement afforded Judy the opportunity to enjoy some of her favorite things: cooking, gardening, and a new endeavor, painting. But this was short-lived as her conviction to live with purpose caused her to set aside these pursuits and become passionately involved in the pro-life movement, "adopting" several young mothers along the way who had decided to keep their babies. After nearly three decades of involvement, Judy had to step down from her physically and time-demanding pro-life activities for personal reasons. At home she poured herself into writing. Her fourth book, "Confessions of a Cheerful Giver," was published this February, and speaks to how she lived her life -- with a serving heart for her Lord, extended to those hurting, helpless, and in need.
Judy did everything with purpose, passion, love, and kindness. She loved her family deeply and purely. She loved others better than herself. She loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength to the end.
Judy’s Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Orlando on Saturday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. Address: 4917 Eli St, Orlando, FL 32804. Reception following. Funeral arrangements by Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Goldenrod Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations should be made to: Pro-Life Action Ministries - Central Florida Branch (PLAM), plam.org/central-florida; OR to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), pancan.org.
- Mitch Johnson, Husband
- Richard (Anna) Harvey, Brother
- Jan (Curt) Heffelfinger, Daughter
- Rick (Wendy) Madsen, Son
- Jose (Cindy) Torrez, Son
- Raul Torrez, Son
- Barby (John) Molnar, Daughter
- Nicole Conlan, Stepdaughter
- Mitch (Ashton) Johnson, Stepson
- Chris Johnson, Stepson
- Judy Johnson also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and innumerable friends to cherish her memory
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
Judy Madsen Johnson
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June 8, 2018
My husband Ralph and I met Judy on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando about 9 or 10 years ago. We had come to pray in front of the abortion mill. Judy was a Sidewalk Counselor. We quickly came to admire and love Judy for her special way that she spoke to the young women and their escorts going into the mill. Judy SAVED countless unborn babies over the years with her kind way that convinced so many mothers to not abort their babies. She was greatly missed when she had to retire from sidewalk counseling but now she will be greatly missed by so many people because she was such a loving extraordinary Christian Lady. See you in Heaven, Judy!
Our heartfelt condolences to Mitch and all the family!
With love and prayers,
Ralph and Yoli Cory
June 8, 2018
To Judy Johnson,
My childhood friend, you will be dearly missed.
Love Juanita Barnhill
June 8, 2018
Dear Loved Ones,
I couldn't share just one memory as there are so many. Having had the privilege of working for Judy for a few years allowed me to experience the wonderful, giving, caring, compassionate, person she was. The love she had for me spilled over to my boys in many ways. One particular thing she did that stands as an evergreen in my garden of memories was to make the flower arrangements for Jerry and I's wedding. She graced our special event with her eye for color, form, and beauty. Oh, how I will miss her. Knowing she is walking with Jesus is the comfort as I am sure it is for you as well.
I wanted so much to attend her memorial/celebration service but prior scheduling just wouldn't allow it. In my mind's eye I have the memory of how gracefully she was master of ceremonies at the Gala Reception she had for those of us who she featured in her book Fascinating Women - Living By Faith. If ever a lady lived by faith Judy did. Tonight I will finish reading her latest book "Confessions of a Cheerful Giver" and privately tell her farewell till we meet on the other side.
Praying for you as you process your great loss. Rebecca Courson, Marietta, GA
June 7, 2018
Dear Lord, Thank You for bringing Judy into my life! Thank You for using her to bless so many! Thank You that she can now see You face to face! Thank You for the hope we have in You.