Sunday, January 1, 2023

Obituary - Judy Karen Andersen

Judy Karen Andersen, 75, of Harrisonville, MO, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, while being cared for by her three loving sisters and cousin. 

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO, with the visitation beginning at 1:00 PM. 

Memorial contributions may be made to One Community Hospice, 14700 E 42nd St S, Independence, MO 64055.

Judy was born on May 15, 1947 to Gerald and Geneva (Fletcher) Andersen in Gassville, AR. She graduated from Harrisonville High School with the Class of 1965 and went on to attend cosmetology school, obtaining her cosmetologist license. 

She spent many years being a cosmetologist and the "family" stylist, but also worked for Arrow Fork Lift in Kansas City, MO as part of their sales team. Although, her favorite profession was that of Aunt, insisting pretty much everyone who met her call her Aunt Judy. She was a very colorful person by nature, although getting her to say her favorite color was purple wasn't always the easiest task. 

Her collection of owls grew to a size that cannot be counted easily and she enjoyed being a member of the Worship Center in Harrisonville, MO. Judy would have said that her absolute favorite pastime was that spent with her family, treating most of her nieces and nephews as they were her own children, and then the great-nieces and nephews, although her love and compassion for kids could extend to someone she randomly met as well. She will always be remembered and loved for her caring and bright personality.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Geneva. She is survived by her sisters: Pam (Wayne) Rieschel of Buffalo, MO; Gerri Melichar of Lee's Summit, MO; and Patricia Leach of Harrisonville, MO; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends.

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