1944 - July 14, 2008
Judith Diane McGoran, 63, of Craig, died July 14, 2008, at home.
Known to most people as "Judy" or "Judo," she was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Centralia, Ill., to Almon Joseph Elliston and Cassie Lucille (Fox) Elliston.
Judy got her passion for music from her father, who was a longtime entertainer. Judy spent the early years of her life in the entertainment industry, singing and promoting entertainment in Chicago, Atlanta and Colorado. She moved from Atlanta, Ga., to Milner in 1980. Among her endeavors, Judy worked many years at Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Taxi and drove the "Happy Bus" for SST.
Judy is survived by her husband, David Lewis, of Craig; her daughter, Jessica (Cassie); and granddaughter, Caitlyn, of Redding, Calif,; her sons, Justin and Beau, of Hayden; her stepsons, Josh and Nathan, of Hayden and Craig, respectively; her sister, Sherry, of Las Vegas; her brothers, Ron, of Baltimore, Md., and Mickey, of Atlanta; and many godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Thys.
Because of Judy's enormous love, her passion for life, and vast community of friends and family across the country, the public is invited to join in a nationwide memorial on Aug. 22. Judy's loved ones will gather together on this date, wherever they may be, and at 8 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time they will yell, "Shout it out for Judo!" Participants also can light a candle, say a prayer, play a favorite song, propose a toast, etc., to honor and celebrate her.
We know God blessed her during her wonderful life and that he continues to hold her in his grace.
A Web site has been set up in Judy's honor at http://www.judymcgoran.com to provide a place to share memories of her.