Judith R. "Judy" Davey-Cooper, 72, resident of Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City, IA, formerly of Ponca, NE passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at a Sioux City hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, April 20, 2012 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca, NE with Father David Liewer officiating. Burial will be in Calvary at South Creek Cemetery in rural Ponca. Visitation with the family present will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 19, 2012, with a rosary at 6:00 P.M. and a scriptural wake service at 7:00 P.M. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca, NE. Online condolences may be posted at www.mohrfuneralhome.com.
Judy was born on July 15, 1939 in Ponca, NE, the daughter of Francis and Virginia (Engel) Dunn. She attended elementary school in Ponca before her family moved to Long Beach, California. Judy attended Wilson High School where she played clarinet in the band. Upon her graduation in 1956, Judy moved back to Ponca.
Judy married Pat Davey at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca, NE on June 5, 1957. The couple settled in Ponca where they raised five children. Judy was the bookkeeper for their business, Davey T.V. Sales and Service. Additionally, she and Pat operated the "Stardust River Cruise Excursions", in a business partnership with Dave and Marilyn Hogan, for five years. Pat passed away on December 16, 1980. Judy also worked as a clerk for Nebraska Public Power District, as an administrative assistant in IBP, and was the office manager for the Ponca Medical Clinic. She married Darrell Cooper on June 19, 1992, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca, NE. After living in Ponca for a number of years the couple moved to Dakota Dunes, SD. Darrell and Judy enjoyed traveling and sightseeing. They especially enjoyed attending shows in Branson, MO. They moved to Sunrise Retirement Community in March of 2010. Darrell passed away on October 13, 2010. Judy continued to reside at Sunrise where she most recently benefited from the health services of the memory care unit.
During her lifetime Judy was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and Catholic Daughters. In her early life as a homemaker Judy enjoyed hosting family gatherings which included picnicking at the farm, boating trips on the Missouri River, and vacationing with her family. She especially loved holidays where she loved to prepare meals and to entertain for special occasions.
Survivors include her children, John (Tamie) Davey of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Larry (Donna) Davey of Newcastle, NE, Francine (Dave) Hassler of Ponca, NE, Rick (Tammy) Davey of Ponca, NE, and Rob Davey and David Lane of Ponca, NE; step-children, Rick Cooper of Omaha, NE, and Shari (Mark) Warner of Missouri Valley, IA; 1 sister, Diane Sheets of Bullhead City, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Byron Kruse of Ponca, NE; brother and sister-in-law, Lowell and Rita Cooper of Sioux City, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Pat Davey and Darrell Cooper; 2 sisters, Colleen Murphy, and Lorrie Kruse; 1 step-daughter-in-law, June Cooper; and 1 grandson, Daniel Davey.
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I am so sorry for your loss. May "the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our lo... more
Love you Judy! You always made me feel like one of the family. I have great memories of weekends in Ponca at the Davey home with Fran and "the brothers"! Seems like yesterday! Your Mom was such a sweet lady and I tr... more
Thinking of all of Judy's family with our prayers (our cousins near Ponca)and remembering our special visit there for a family reunion.
I worked as a Secretary at IBP with Judy. We had so much fun together. She was always smiling and happy. She will be truly missed.
Judy was a great woman. I took care of her at Sunrise Retirement Home on 2nd floor. I would like to extend my condolences to her family and loved ones.
Thinking of your family at this time.God bless all of you.