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Judy (Julia) A. Thurman

Fairview – Judy (Julia) A. Thurman, 81, of Fairview, passed away at 5:43 AM on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She was born on May 10, 1938 on North First Avenue in Farmington, IL to Richard and C. Viola (Abel) Wake. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1956. She married Cliff Thurman on August 18, 1957 at the First Baptist Church in Farmington. He survives.

Also surviving are three children, Brad (Debbie) Thurman of Bradenton, FL, Marcia (Kenny) Frew of Buckeye, AZ, and Cathy (Steve) McKown of Dunlap, IL; seven grandchildren, Bradley (Larissa) Thurman, Courtney Thurman, Randi (Jim) Shaffer, Tyler (Savannah) Frew, Emily (Matt) Beach, Jacob McKown, and Jared McKown; two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Sophie Shaffer; and one sister, Mary Page of Granbury, TX.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Arnold, Donald, Lee, Bill, and David Wake, one sister, Margie Lou Plumer, and one grandson, Todd Frew.

Judy’s gift at the piano was recognized at a young age and she was playing for church services by age 13, and as an adult studied to learn the organ. She served others with her gift the rest of her life, playing for churches, high school musicals, weddings and celebrations of life.

In addition to raising a family and sharing her gift of music, Judy worked full time most of her life in various positions as a bank teller, secretary, travel agent and bookkeeper.

Judy had the gift of hospitality and she loved cooking special meals for family and guests. She will especially be remembered for her baking at the Holidays.

She grew up attending the First Baptist Church in Farmington and has attended Coal Creek Bible Church for many years.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Yates City Cemetery in Yates City, IL. Jacob Tourtillott will officiate. A meal and time of fellowship will follow at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Yates City. Memorials can be made to the Fairview Fire and Rescue or Coal Creek Bible Church. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Marty Markley

    Reply December 28, 2019 4:36 pm

    I enjoyed talking to Judy when she came into the Salon.i never had the opportunity to hear her play the piano, but I can attest to how delicious her baked goods and candy were. We will all miss her at Chi Chi Styling Salon.

  • Julie and Larry Wasson

    Reply December 28, 2019 5:09 pm

    Such fond memories of Judy playing for “Broadway at Valley” with Dorma, Tom, Sally. Sad to hear of her passing but she touched many lives. Condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

  • Connie Vawter Bugos

    Reply December 28, 2019 7:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of Judy’s passing I remember her playing for our church First Baptist for years. Such a sweet lady. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  • David Newton

    Reply December 30, 2019 10:28 am

    Have memories of Judy playing for us at “Broadway at Valley” My prayers and sympathy to all.

  • Mary Giacabazi Driscoll

    Reply December 30, 2019 8:15 pm

    My mother and Family send our sympathy and condolences to all of you aT this sad time of loss. Judy was such a wonderful person and neighbor! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers ! Heaven received an Angel !
    The Giacabazi Family

  • Linda Nickeson

    Reply December 31, 2019 5:18 pm

    My deepest sympathy Cliff to you and your family. Judy will be missed by so many folks whose lives she touched. Friendship of 60+ years are hard to come by, I’ll miss her…

    • Wilma wake

      Reply January 3, 2020 7:50 pm

      I’m Wilma Wake — daughter of Bill — Judy’s older brother. I was about 10 when Judy and Cliff got married and my parents drove with me from Aurora, IL to Farmington for the ceremony. I was so excited for them and at the reception –with the boldness of a 10 year old –went up to Judy to ask where they going for their honeymoon. She whispered; “Up North. Now you are the only one who knows where we’re going!” I felt very proud and grown up to have this special knowledge and didn’t tell anyone this secret I had been entrusted with. I didn’t see Aunt Judy much after I grew up and moved to the East Coast. But my childhood is filled with happy memories of visits to Farmington where I got to stay with Grandma and Grandpa Wake, spending time with my young aunts Margie and Judy and my cousin Marilyn. I try to explain to friends in Maine about August visits to Grandpa and Grandma Wake. Grandma would boil the water and Grandpa would pick corn from his garden shucking it as he ran to the house to pop it into the boiling water. Then we’d take the hot cooked corn and roll in the special butter dish they had just for rolling corn. Never since have I tasted such amazing corn!…My heart is with all of you at this time and I feel close to you all even from Maine!

  • Susie Logan Harris

    Reply January 1, 2020 12:19 pm

    Love You Judy…..Sure do wish we could have seen more of all us! Much sympathy going out to all your family…..Love, Susie Logan Harris

  • Nicholee Nietch

    Reply January 2, 2020 12:10 am

    Aunt Judy, we are going to miss you so very, very much. We are comforted knowing you are with Jesus now. Your kindness, your thoughtfulness, your generosity, and your serving-heart have left legacy of love to all of us in your family. I have so many wonderful memories of you and with you. Thinking of our time together on Christmas Eve warms my heart. You playing the piano so beautifully while we sing or maybe a solo from Brad or with the Plumbers. Eating your delicious goodies there and around Christmastime was also a highlight every year. So much so, that it was an inspiration to me to carry on that tradition with my family of making an assortment of sweets each year and giving them away. I think of you each and every time. Your hospitality at the farm also stands out. I think most recently of Thanksgiving last year (2018, photo attached), when you, barely able to walk, threw a big Thanksgiving party, invited my Grandma and Aunt to stay with you, and baked a Texas sheet cake in our honor. Thank you for all these and many more treasured memories. I love you, Aunt Judy. You will always hold a very special place in my heart. ♥️

  • Dave Lenzi

    Reply January 2, 2020 7:33 am

    Cliff (pop), Brad, Marcia, Cathy so sorry for your loss, she (mom) will truly be missed. For those of you out there wondering about the (mom & pop) relationship, here’s my fondest memory & how it all began. A not so smart 16 year old 10th grader & a very smart high school secretary. As it happens I couldn’t consistently manage to get to my 4th hour class on time because of basketball stuff during lunch. Fortunately for me I was fourth hour attendance runner who picked up all the slips & delivered them to the office Secretary. Of course if my name showed up it manage to disappear before delivery, so I thought😬. A few weeks later the detention list came out and I was on it! Not for 1 day, not for 2 days, but for a whole week😬😬. That lead to a hay baling job to a regular farm hand job to becoming family💗. The times we all had. I miss those days. I miss her. Love you guys. Dave L

  • Dixie List

    Reply January 6, 2020 2:50 pm

    I hope this is my Brad(4th grade at Fairview. I so wanted to come to the funeral to see you, but I am so busy that I didn’t come. If this is my ornery Brad, I would love to see you. Are you still here? Please let me know if it is really you. I have always wondered what happened to you.

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