Judith Kay Timmerberg, 70, of Columbia died Friday at the University of Missouri Hospital.

Judy was born Aug. 23, 1948, in Hermann, Missouri, to Billy Victor Timmerberg and Beulah Francis Austerman Timmerberg. She grew up in Hermann with her baby brother, Douglas, and graduated from Hermann High School. She received a BS from South East Missouri State University where she met and married Stephen Weddle. Judy and Steve had one daughter, Holly Christine Weddle (Curtis).

Judy worked for Abbott Laboratories for the majority of her career, and this job took her on many adventures. She eventually went on to earn an MBA from the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

While her career was very important to her, her passion was her family, friends, pets and art. She was an accomplished painter and potter, and these skills led to countless friendships and a tremendous amount of happiness. She was the proud aunt to Elliott Timmerberg Cussins and Adam Timmerberg and great aunt to Elliott and Tommy’s beautiful daughters, Maya and Aria. Judy moved from Chicago to Columbia in recent years to be closer to her daughter and her grandsons, Jack and Connor Curtis. The last few years of her life were spent surrounded by her family, friends and her very special kitties. She was preceded in death by her mother and her sister, Janet.

Her celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Stephens Lake Park Reichman Pavilion in Columbia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Columbia or to the Lupus Foundation. The final wish of this amazing, intelligent, loving woman was to ease the suffering of people and creatures who needed help.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri; 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

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