Judy Weber, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, sister, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully into the eternities, surrounded by loved ones on both sides of the veil, there to be reunited with family members and generations of ancestors, all of whom she eagerly looked forward to meeting. After a valiant fight, pancreatic cancer took her from us on July 28, 2023.
Born Judith Ann Parker in the Cottonwood Maternity Hospital in Murray, Utah on November 5, 1939, she was the first born child of her parents, Charles Howard Parker and Lena (Billie) Morris Parker Pearson. She had one brother from that marriage, Howard Brent (Parker) Pearson
Her early childhood was spent in Murray where she attended Arlington Elementary School. She enjoyed many childhood friendships, as well as her early teachers, Mrs. Edna Cook, Miss Virginia Sutton, Miss Belva Doran, and Mrs. Marva Lindsey. At the tender age of seven years her world was shattered by the divorce of her parents.
Her mother remarried shortly thereafter, and the family moved to Palo Alto, California. She completed her education in California, graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1957.
In her senior year of high school she met the love of her life, Gerry Weber, who was a freshman at Stanford University. Judy attended BYU in the fall of 1957, and Gerry, not wishing to risk losing her by being separated by distance and different schools, transferred to BYU to continue their courtship. They were subsequently married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple on September 6, 1958 by Temple President Benjamin L. Bowring.
Judy and Gerry were blessed with four wonderful children, Scott (Stephanie), Mark (Kristi), Sharilyn Grooms (Gavin), and Chalene Williams (Kevin). She was deeply devoted to her family, as marriage and motherhood were always her greatest aspirations. Her unconditional love for each of them sustained them throughout their lives. They could depend on her to stand by them under any and all circumstances. She demonstrated great love and acceptance of each of her children’s spouses and treated them with the same love and affection as her own children. Her grandchildren meant everything in the world to her, and then came the "great" ones that she also adored.
She had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and had great faith in the power of priesthood blessings. Those blessings were of great comfort to her as she approached the end of her life.
She was a devoted disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and served valiantly in His Church throughout her life, beginning as the Junior Sunday School piano player at age 12. She gladly served in numerous ward and stake callings, mainly in music and the arts. She was regularly called upon to organize stake musical events, Relief Society fashion shows, luncheons and programs. She served in Presidencies and leadership positions in Relief Society, Primary and Young Women's, as well as two Stake missions with her husband, Gerry.
She was blessed with musical and artistic talents which she used to beautify her home, uplift her family, and serve her Heavenly Father.
Her home reflected each holiday season, always fully decorated, and never without seasonal decor, especially at Christmas time. She loved nothing more than to gather her beloved family together for family Christmas parties or Easter egg hunts and lunch.
She will be remembered for the hundreds of baby afghans she crocheted throughout her life. Each child, each grandchild, and each great grandchild received a beautiful baby afghan of her own original design, plus she made dozens that she donated to the Church humanitarian effort.
Her greatest passion in life, other than her living family members, was her deceased ancestors. She delighted in her family history and was passionate about organizing and executing many family reunions, both for her own extensive family members as well as for her husband's family. Her remarkable memory for birth and death dates, places of burials, family names, and relations to all family members etc. was amazing. She made family connections with total strangers wherever she went.
She enjoyed collecting pictures and family histories
Faith in Every Footstep of her countless Pioneer ancestors. She knew their histories by heart and could easily recite the details of their lives and pioneer experiences as early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In 2003, she founded the Morris Phelps Family Organization, gathering as many descendants of her great great grandparents as possible, writing and distributing their histories, and sharing all that she collected or wrote.
Many of the ancestral pictures graced the walls of her home in order that her children and grandchildren could become familiar with their ancestors. She was thankful to know and was deeply humbled by the fact that she descended from 25 direct ancestors who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley before 1869, many coming by covered wagon, some in the Willey Handcart Company, and most walking on foot.
She led a celebration of Grandfather Phelps 200th birthday at his gravesite in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as Grandmother Phelps 200th birthday at her gravesite in Nauvoo, Illinois. She designed and was instrumental in placing a gravestone marker on Grandmother Laura Clark Phelps previously unmarked grave in Nauvoo in May 2004. She loved her ancestors and devoted countless hours to honoring their memory.
Left to mourn her passing are her sweetheart of 65 years, Gerry, who lovingly cared for her throughout her illness. Her four devoted children and their spouses, who also assisted in tending to her every need, survive her, as well as her twenty dearly loved grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren. Other beloved survivors include her brother, Howard Pearson, (JoLynn deceased), her sister, Rosalynn Curtis, and brothers, Lance Parker (Marlane), Greg Parker, (Sheila), Kirk Parker, (Carolynn), Stu Parker, (Lorna), numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins, to whom she was close. She loved all of you with her whole heart.
The family will receive guests at her viewing on Thursday evening, August 3, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Goff Mortuary 11859 South 700 East; Draper, Utah, and Friday morning, August 4, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Alpine View Ward of the LDS Church located at 4617 W. Patriot Ridge Dr. Herriman Utah 84096. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the same building. Internment will take place immediately following at the Herriman Cemetery.