Judith Ann Cerny
Judith Ann Cerny entered into heaven on August 14, 2023. Judy was born to Frank and Mary Cerny on June 10, 1944. She grew up on the farm near Narka and graduated from Narka High School. She was an active member of the Narka Presbyterian Church in her youth, teaching both Sunday school and helping with Bible school. Judy was also an active member of her local 4-H club.
Judy attended Emporia State University. After college, she began her career at Ralston Purina in 1972, working both in Kansas City and St. Louis. Although the company changed names and the business focus during her time there, Judy stayed true to the Purina brand until her retirement in 2004, where she retired as an Administrative Assistant, working for both the Regional and National Sales Managers. Judy held a wealth of knowledge about Purina, and was often the person her co-workers went to with questions, as she always seemed to know the answer! According to her co-workers, she was a true Purina icon.
After her retirement from Purina, Judy and her life partner Robert “Bob” Davidson retired to Sarasota, Florida, to spend their remaining years in the warmth and sunshine. Judy genuinely hated the cold. Judy was an active member of the Tri-Par Estates community, assisting with the library, serving on the board, and helping with numerous fundraisers. Judy and Bob were avid water-walkers at the pool and rarely missed a day unless it was rainy or “just too dang cold!” She spent many hours reading mysteries, working on jigsaw puzzles, and building intricate Lego sets.
Under protest, she finally moved back home in 2022 due to health concerns. Her family was able to spend 11 wonderful months with Judy prior to her passing. They were able to catch her up on all the area news, and shared pictures and stories of the farm and her life. Judy resided at Gardenside in Fairbury; the staff loved her spunk, whit, and intelligence. She often bantered with the staff and was a whiz during their trivia games.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Cerny; aunts Olga and Clara Cerny, and the love of her life, Bob Davidson. Judy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Betty Cerny, her nieces Jennifer and Kim Cerny, numerous friends and Purina colleagues.
Visitation will be Friday, August 18th, 2023, from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, with family greeting friends from 5pm – 7pm, at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville.
Graveside Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 19, at 9:30 a.m., at National Cemetery, south of Narka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Narka Presbyterian Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home is assisting Judy’s family with these arrangements, www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com