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Judy Carol (Pritchett) Whelpley

Judy Carol (Pritchett) Whelpley, 66, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at her home in Perryville, Mo., where she lived with her daughter, Ty Elder, son-in-law Jeff Courtois and grandson Jacob Elder. 

She was born on May 23rd, 1953, in Eminence, Mo. to Luther (d. Sept. 6th 1990) and Mabel Pritchett (d. July 10th 2009). She was one of 7 children—three brothers; Ronald Pritchett (d. Feb. 6, 2007), and Jerry Pritchett (d. Dec. 24, 2009), Donald Pritchett (d. Jan. 26th 2015) and three sisters—Eva Wallace (d. Nov. 24, 2013), Evaon Parker, and Sharon Moss. 

She’s proceeded in death by her first husband, Tom Combs, and her second husband, Robert Whelpley. 

She has 2 daughters—Tyjuana Elder of Perryville, Mo., and Megan Pritchett of Vulcan, Mo., and her niece, LaVaughn Pritchett of Vulcan, Mo., who was like a daughter to her. She has one grandson, Jacob Elder of Perryville, Mo., whom she loved dearly and devoted the last years of her life to help care for. She has many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much. 

She was a retired truck driver and spent many years of her life traveling the country with her husband, Tom. She also loved to spend her free time playing bingo with her close friends and family. She loved her family more than anything and would do absolutely anything for them. She had a charismatic, fun and outgoing personality and anyone that was lucky enough to meet her loved her immediately. She is forever in our hearts and will be very deeply missed. 

Visitation was held Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont. Funeral service followed Thursday, February 13, 2020, also at the Piedmont chapel. Bro. Richard Sanders ministered to the family. Gene Moss, Jeff Courtois, Scott Pritchett, Ed Percy, Joe Pritchett, and Ben Andrews served as pallbearers. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc. 

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