Judy Harper Cates was welcomed to heaven peacefully on January 13th, 2022, at the age of 64, in the arms of her daughter Nicole and the love of her life and fiancé, Jerry. She was an incredible mother, sister, daughter, friend, and woman.
Judy was the youngest of two children born to Margaret and Wendell Harper on July 11th, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. The family relocated to Arizona in 1972, where Judy graduated from Arcadia High School and received her journalism degree from Arizona State University. Her talent for writing and editing turned into a career, she spent just shy of 30 years as the calendar editor for Phoenix Home and Garden magazine.
She got the title of mom, in 1992 when her daughter Nicole was born and again in 1994 when Nicholas joined the family. The love she had for her children was unmatched. Judy loved being the girl scout “cookie mom” and never missed a single little league game!
We will never understand why she was taken from us so early but find peace in the image of her embracing both her parents and her baby boy up in heaven. She will be missed dearly by her daughter Nicole Cates, fiancée Jerry Young, brother Dan Harper, nephew David Harper and the countless close friends she held near and dear to her heart.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Judy’s name to her church La Casa De Cristo at https://lacasadecristo.com/give.