Former Craig resident Judy (Elma Katherine) Allen died Aug. 8, 2003, after a short illness. She was 85.
Allen was born Aug. 28, 1917, in Shickley, Neb., to Edgar and Essie Schelkopf. She had three sisters and one brother.
Allen was a resident in the assisted living part of Brighton Gardens, in San Diego, Calif., for the past few months. She was a resident of Brighton Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility for the past 3 years. Before this time, she was a longtime resident in Craig.
Allen was married to Kenneth R. Allen on Feb. 20, 1941. Her husband passed away on April 20, 1988. They had one son, Dr. Steven L. Allen, of San Diego. Dr. Allen's wife is Lori and they have one son, Matthew.
Allen received her teaching degree from the University of Nebraska and her master's degree from Adams State College. She taught the first three grades in Bruning, and loved teaching third graders for 20 years at Sunset Elementary School in Craig. She also worked for Dr. Mason Light in Gunnison. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church and PEO Chapter AJ of Craig. She enjoyed fly-fishing and skiing at Steamboat Springs into her 80s.
Allen is survived by her son, Steve (Lori) Allen; grandson, Matthew Allen; brother, Joe Schelkopf, of Geneva, Neb.; sister, Ruth Hedden, of Catonsville, Md.; and many beloved nieces and nephews in Nebraska, Maryland, and Wisconsin.
Memorial services were held on Aug. 14, 2003, at the First Congregational Church with a private interment at the Craig Cemetery. The Christian Burial Service was led by Pastor Ron Gross. The organist was Barbara Nagoda and special piano music was played by Judy's niece, Jan Treadway, of Nebraska.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Craig.