JUDY MAY MUCH
Surrounded by family, our beloved, Judy May Much, cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and family friend, left us on Sunday, February 24th, 2019. Known to many as “Mama” and Grandma” (related or not), she developed long and lasting relationships.
Judy was born in Conrad on New Year’s Day to Elwin and Doris Gossard. While working in Valier, she met and married Jerry Haynes. They had two daughters, Veronica “Ronnie” and Brenda.
In 1980, she met her soul mate, Leroy Much, and they were soon married. Through this union Judy acquired three sons, Eric, Lee, and Bobby. Leroy and Judy were inseparable and they traveled, boated and camped with their dog “Bear”.
Judy was an active woman who was an avid reader, gardener, card player, and country music fan. She was employed by the Mt. Power Company in Helena for over 15 years. She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain. In fact, last Christmas, she planned and prepared an extravagant Christmas dinner for family and friends. All that knew her, awaited her annual Christmas packages of various breads, candies, and fudge.
However, Judy’s true calling was being a grandmother and great-grandmother. This was made clearly evident by the proclamation on her vehicle license plate, “GRMMUCH”. Judy treasured her time with the grandchildren as did they.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Doreen, and her daughter Brenda. Survivors include her husband Leroy of Helena, Sister Twila (Dan) of Helena, Daughter Ronnie (Scott) of San Antonio, Sons Eric (Tami) of Helena, Lee (Erin) of Belgrade, and Bobby of Manhattan. Judy also leaves behind several cherished friends including the Liedle and Kitchen families.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, April 5th in the Committal Shelter at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Judy are suggested to Frontier Home Health & Hospice, 800 Front St. Helena Mt. or to Compassus Hospice, 1075 N Rodney St. Suite 102, Helena, MT 59601