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Judy A. Essex

Canton – Judy A. Essex, 55, formerly of Farmington, passed away at 10:50 PM on Monday, May 11, 2020 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home from extensive stage IV cancer.

She was born on May 12, 1964 in Peoria, the youngest child of John and Ruth (Ewalt) Essex. Judy was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jeff and Jayson Essex. Surviving is one sister, Jennifer (Essex) Andrews of Trivoli and one brother, Joel Essex of Farmington. Also surviving is brother in law, Mark Andrews; sisters in law, Mary Essex Brennan and Candis Essex Fralick; five nephews, Nathan, Jared, Chad, Kyle, and Justin; two nieces, Mckenzie and Jade; three great nephews, Quinn, Ben, and Brogan; six great nieces, Trinity, Hannah, Ava, Coraline, Bekah, and Ella; one aunt, Marlyn Ewalt and many cousins and friends.

Judy graduated from Farmington High School in 1981 as a Junior and moved out to Wyoming to work at a Gold Mine. She had an adventurous spirit and loved the great outdoors. In Wyoming she enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding and meeting new friends. Judy never knew a stranger and had a heart of gold. She moved back to Farmington in 2000 and attended Spoon River College of Nursing in Canton. Due to health reasons she left her employment at Courtyard Estates in Canton this February. Her family would like everyone reading this now to take care of your health and if in doubt – please check it out. Early detection can save lives.

A special thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at Graham Medical Group, OSF Medical Center and OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. They were compassionate and attentive to all her needs. Judy was an animal lover and had many pets growing up such as dogs, cats, goats, calves, horses, pigs, birds, snakes, ducks, chickens and the list goes on. Her family would be honored if, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Fulton County Animal Shelter in her honor.

Per Judy’s wishes, there will be no services, cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Burial of ashes will be at Trivoli Cemetery in Trivoli, IL. A “Wake at the Lake” will be scheduled at a later date at the Farmington Sportsman’s Club where she was a member and enjoyed spending time camping and fishing.

To view Judy’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

Press play below to view Judy’s DVD


  • Donna Beeney

    Reply May 14, 2020 6:45 am

    I just saw Judy earlier this year for the 1st time in a while. So glad I was able to spend recent time with her. RIP my friend

  • Jodie and Michael Darwish

    Reply May 14, 2020 7:17 am

    She was a very special person and a wonderful friend. I will miss her immensely. Love you,Judy,now and forever❤️

  • Stacey Rock (Roseboom)

    Reply May 14, 2020 9:02 am

    Oh the memories…many many with Judy and the whole family….. and the trouble we got into in our younger years! What a special childhood friend she was! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Rest in peace my friend!

  • Lorry Monari

    Reply May 14, 2020 9:36 pm

    Judy your smile was contagious. So many memories with you. You will be missed my friend. Love ya.

  • Karen Johnson

    Reply May 14, 2020 10:04 pm

    Jeni I’m so happy to hear of your sister passing. Your family is in my prayers

    • Karen Johnson

      Reply May 15, 2020 7:47 am

      Jeni I’m SO SORRY to hear of your sister passing. Auto correct I hit the wrong word. Please forgive me

  • Dan Zeglen

    Reply May 14, 2020 10:34 pm

    Lots of good memories with Judy living in Saratoga Wyoming Winnemucca Nevada and Rock Springs Wyoming. Did lots of fishing and hunting. We became very good friends and much more. Just last year we were talking and she was thinking about moving back to Wyoming that she missed it so much. I will miss you!

  • Connie Heller

    Reply May 15, 2020 7:21 am

    Jenny and Joel, I am so sorry to hear if your loss. May God be with you and your families.

    Connie Heller

  • Pamela Lueken

    Reply May 15, 2020 8:51 am

    Jeni I’m very sorry to hear that your sister passed away. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. I didn’t know Judy but I feel like she must of had a heart of gold. What a beautiful memorial to her.

  • Gail Bowers

    Reply May 16, 2020 6:48 pm

    The video for Judy is such a beautiful tribute full of love and treasured memories. Deepest condolences Jeni and family.

  • Connie Hoffmann

    Reply May 17, 2020 10:26 am

    Jenny & Family, I am so sorry to hear about Judy. She always had a kind smile for anyone she met. Her love for the outdoors was definitely “Judy.” She will be missed! Take Care.❤

  • Crystal (Wallenfang) Carter

    Reply May 28, 2020 12:22 pm

    That picture is just how I remember Judy; always smiling. We had some good times in high school that I will always remember. My deepest sympathies go out to Judy’s family at this difficult time. May God bless you all.

  • Stephanie McCord

    Reply November 16, 2020 3:30 pm

    So sorry to learn of Judy’s passing. She was quite the character and we had some fun times while she resided in Wyoming. Will always have fond memories of those days. She always had a smile on her face and loved life. My condolences to her family.

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