Mrs. Alice Pauline (Grace) Judy, 102, died February 2, 2017, in Overland Park, Kansas. Alice was born on March 4, 1914 in Delia, Kansas. Her parents, Tom and Ella Grace, were of Irish descent and she was proud of it. Alice was the second of eight children. Alice learned responsibility at a young age — when she was only eight years old, her mother gave birth to a set of twins and a set of triplets (5 children) all within a twelve-month span.
Alice grew up in Topeka, rode a horse to first grade, and even played on the state’s capital steps during recess. She was very athletic and loved all sports – baseball, tennis, basketball, and especially swimming. She was a walking and swimming enthusiast, and stayed fit all her life. As a young woman, she was awarded the fastest shorthand recorder in Kansas. She was an avid bridge player.
Alice met her husband, Gene Judy, while attending Washburn University. Together they lived in Topeka, Kansas; Decatur, Georgia; and Kansas City with their five children.
A devout Catholic, Alice’s faith sustained her throughout her life. She was a member of Curé of Ars parish, an active member of the Ladies of Charity auxiliary, Legions of Mary, Saint Mary’s Food Kitchen, and Mission Group of Curé of Ars. Alice also worked as a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital for more than twenty years and was in the Leawood Welcome Club.
Alice was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be remembered for her kind words, uplifting smile, and unshakable love for life. Her favorite saying was: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. God gave us today as a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”
Alice was preceded in death by her beloved husband of fifty-three years, Gene; her daughters, Jo Ann Teahan and Mary Kay Drees; and son-in-law, Lou Drees.
She is survived by her three sons, Larry (wife Kathy), Bernard (wife Jan), and Stephen (wife Nancy); son-in-law, Richard Teahan; sister, Pat Blessington of Phoenix, Arizona; and 19 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be on Thursday, February 9th at Curé of Ars Catholic Church, with rosary starting at 3:30 p.m. Viewing and visitation will take place at 4:00 p.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 5:00 p.m. A reception for family and friends will be held at 6:00 p.m., also at the church. Internment will take place on Friday, February 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Resurrection Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Gene.
Alice’s family would like to especially thank the staff at Rose Estates in Overland Park, Kansas, for the wonderful care they gave Alice during her time there.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions made to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.