Judy Lee DeBey, 81, of Greeley, passed away on March 14, 2019.
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Judy was born June 14, 1937 in Portis, KS. She was adopted by Ellis and Mary Brake. She grew up in Downs, KS and graduated from Downs High School in 1955. She married Ross DeBey on July 6, 1955. They relocated to Denver in 1956 and then to Greeley.
After starting her family, she graduated from Aims Community College and then UNC. In 1974, she received her Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught at Weld Central School for two years and spent the rest of her teaching career at Platteville Elementary School, retiring in 1998.
Judy spent many years volunteering for the United Way Bright Beginnings program and in the classrooms of her grandsons at McAuliffe Elementary. She was a United Way Volunteer of the Year in 2015 and a Retired Senior Volunteer Program member. Judy enjoyed exercising, knitting, reading, camping, her dogs, spending time with her grandchildren and her retired teacher friends. She was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Judy is survived by her husband, Ross; daughter, Lora (Stan) Cline; sons, Terry (JoAnn) DeBey, and Martin (Stefanie) DeBey; grandchildren, Morgan Cline, Mallory (Austin) Griffith, Adrianne Cline, Nicholas DeBey, and Nathan DeBey; great-grandson, August Griffith; and sisters, Ginger Berglund and JoAnne Sands.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Julie Barcus.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 917 10th Ave, Greeley, CO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Judy’s name to The United Way, PO Box 1944, Greeley, CO 80632.