Judith Ann Williams, age 75, passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital Tuesday, 7 April 2020 after suffering from a major stroke a week earlier. Judy was born February 25, 1945 to Donald and Gladys Bauer (Reiser) and grew up on their mink farm near Waldo, WI, where her family also had a nearby hobby farm where they raised dozens of horses. She graduated from Plymouth H.S. in 1963 and then attended Wisconsin State College – La Crosse (now University of Wisconsin – La Crosse) graduating with a B.S. degree in Recreation. She worked as a professional Girl Scouter in Kenosha, WI and was married to Richard K. Williams on 19 Sep 1970 while he was still serving in the USAF in Oklahoma. They moved back to La Crosse where she worked with the Girl Scout Council and was a director of Camp Ehawee. They lived on rural properties near the Mindoro and North Bend areas. A daughter, Karya Ann, was born when they lived at North Bend. They then moved to Onalaska, WI for a number of years and finally the last 24 years to their Misty Ridge Farm west of Viroqua. Judy enjoyed many challenges. She worked with developmentally disabled adults with Riverfront. She was past president of the La Crosse, WI Chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women, coordinated the Art Fair on the Green Program, was past president of HCE (Home and Community Education) for Vernon County and also held a regional chair. She developed the grazing and marketing of Jersey steers and produce from the farm and was active in promoting the grazing of livestock. She held the amateur radio Extra Class callsign, N9LGV (Loves Green Vegetables) and participated for many years with her husband with the National Weather Service SKYWARN storm spotting program. After her retirement, she continued to raise many of the family vegetables and fruits. She loved nature and enjoyed setting up numerous planting beds, developing prairie restoration areas, particularly with expanding milkweed plants for sustenance of Monarch butterflies. She found enjoyment helping others by working at meal sites for the Vernon County Aging Unit.
She is survived by her husband Rick, daughter, Karya (Lance) Eitland, two grandchildren, Annika and Easton, her sister Jean Proefrock of Pensacola, FL, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother James Bauer.
A family gathering will celebrate her life at a later date and her ashes will be scattered on a special place on the farm she loved. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.thorsonfuneralhome.com
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