Obituaries

Judith (Judy) Anne Ford

29/05/1953 - 18/01/2021

Obituary For Judith (Judy) Anne Ford

May 29, 1953 – January 18, 2021

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Judy Ford on January 18, 2021 at the age of 67 years.

Judy was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta in 1953 and lived most of her life in Bezanson, Alberta. Judy had a passion for the outdoors, she enjoyed visiting with guests around her fire pit and was a great teacher for anyone who wanted to learn about growing plants. She also enjoyed watching the cooking channel and trying out new recipes. She was well known at work for her famous enchilada. She also loved her community and enjoyed keeping in touch with everyone while working at the Bezanson General Store. Judy was a loving wife to her husband Dennis, who passed away in 2000, and a mother to her three sons.

She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Grant, David, and Duncan (Miranda), her nine grandchildren, and her siblings Bernard (Carol) Burbank, Ken (Doreen) Gunson, Melvin (Cathy) Gunson, Marlene (Garry) Brown, Bryan Gunson, Edward (Nazarita) Gunson, and Edith (Guy) Mongrain.

Judy was predeceased by her husband Dennis Ross Ford, and her parents John Joseph Gunson and Clara Lorraine Gunson.

There are no events for Judy scheduled. If desired, you can still show your support by sending a message to the family or planting a tree in memory of Judith Anne Ford.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com.

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Grandma Judy will be dearly missed by her granddaughters Livia, Devynn and Everleigh. She always made them feel special, welcomed and excited to try something new at her home in Bezanson. Such a painful loss to have to say goodbye much too soon. We'll be forever grateful for the many sweet memories we do have of time spent with her. Much love, Sasha (Sunshine), Livia, Devynn & Everleigh
- Sasha Tietge
I think of her kindness and generosity. My sympathies to all members of Judy's family. Anne Miller
- Anne Miller
Judy was a big part of my life for many years and I really cherish those memories with her. She was the best Charades player at Christmas, right Dave! We got on the roller coaster at West Edmonton one weekend as the boys were all too short and had to watch. We screamed our heads off. She was so proud of the many plants in her yard and we loved going to Fenton's greenhouse. Last time I was on a horse, I was with Judy. You will be missed Judy by all of your family. All my love, Grace Ford
- Grace Ford
Our deepest condolences to Judy's family Grant, Dave, Duncan (Miranda) From Ken, Grace, Kelan, Dakota and Colter (2nd generation Ford boys) I will always remember the memories of fencing and farm jobs auntie and uncle were always doing! Drinking orange Kool-aid and roasting hot dog around the fire pit is one to remember! Auntie Judy always knew how to make orange kool-aid just perfect. Our thoughts go out Judy and family. you will be missed deeply Rest In Peace Auntie. Colter Ford
- Colter Ford
We send our deepest sympathy to David, Grant, Duncan and families. We had many good times, she will be missed. - Jean and Chris Miller
Sending our deepest condolences to all of Judy's family and friends. We have great memories of Judy. So many laughs over the years. May she rest in peace. Carolyn and Grant Pilgrim
- Carolyn
Our hearts are heavy for all that could have been, but was not. We shall cherish the memories of oh, so many good times together. To Grant, David, Duncan - know that you are in our hearts & prayers - and know that your mother loved you each deeply. Gordon & Colleen Ford
- Colleen Ford
Just looking at old photos, a reminder of a big heart and infectious smile. The love that Judy gave remains behind to light the lives of all she touched. It was an honor to have her as our sister-in-law. Deepest condolences from Doug, Ken, Helen and Fran,
- Frances CONEY
Condolences to the family.
- Clint Tranter
Condolences to Judy's family, Grant, Dave and Duncan and Miranda., from me and my family.We're so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, she was a very dear lady. 💕 Bev Love
- Bev Love
So sad to hear of Judys passing, peace and hugs to all her family
- Donna Ford
Judy was my Grandma I could write a book with stories but we as a boy we would sit around the fire and have orange kool aid with cheese wize on ritz crackers with her dog Toby. I love you Grandma give grandpa a hug for me
- Brad Ford
Our Deepest Sympathy To All The Family. In Our Thoughts. Rest in Peace Judy. Time to see the Big D Again!
- Ernie Mitchell
Judy was such a great lady !! We had a lot of fun at hockey games and tournaments especially because we were both Dennis and Judy. We are so sorry for your loss . She will be missed . Love Dennis and Judy Haglund .
- Dennis Haglund

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