Judy Lee Plaggemeyer

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Judy Lee Plaggemeyer, known to friends as “Juj” entered into her rest on Saturday, Jan. 27 after a sudden and brief illness.  She was 73 years old.  Judy was born in Big Timber to Harry and Margaret Plaggemeyer.  She graduated from Sweet Grass County High School with the class of 1962.  She began to work for Continental Telephone Company (Contel) which led to her relocation in the Pacific Northwest.  After retiring, Judy returned to Big Timber to be closer to her mother and siblings.  Recently, her daughters were able to convince her to return to Washington to be closer to them.  A loving mother, Judy was incredibly proud of her daughters.  That love and pride extended to her son-in-law, granddaughters and great-granddaughter.  The highlight of her day was spending time with her 15 month old great-granddaughter and watching her grow.  Judy loved to read and could often be found with her Kindle in her lap and a glass of Pepsi in her hand.  Her passion, however, was quilting and she has made hundreds of quilted items.  In 1997, Judy was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer.  She fought courageously, achieving and maintaining remission.  To memorialize her struggle (and the struggle of others), Judy designed a quilt which she named “Toward the Light.”  The quilt symbolized the struggle with a cancer diagnosis that many face from the black of despair to the white acceptance of God’s will.  Judy’s quilt hangs on loan at the Congregational Church of Big Timber.  Judy will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Roberta (Mike) Carlson, and Nadine Mosness; her granddaughters, Alicia (Jacob) Davis and Anna Mosness Greenwald; and her great-granddaughter, Esther Davis.  She will also be fondly remembered by her brother and sisters, Joan (Jon) VanDaveer, Dan (Diana) Plaggemeyer and Carol Schriver; numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.  Judy is preceded in death by her father and mother, Harry and Margaret Plaggemeyer.  A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 2 at Big Timber Lutheran Church on.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crazy Mountain Museum or the Carnegie Public Library.  You may share your memories of Judy, and sign her online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com.

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