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Judith Ann King

11/19/1943 - 10/05/2019
Service Date: 10/15/2019
Service Time: 10 AM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

Judith Ann King, 75, of Leon, Iowa died in a tragic auto accident on October 5, 2019 near Groom, TX. Her son, Brian Alan King, also died in the accident.

Judy was born in Decatur County, Iowa on November 19, 1943 to Ennis Gene Scott and Ruby Maverine (Ordway) Scott. She was the oldest of five children and grew up on her family farm in Southern Iowa. She attended a one room schoolhouse near her farm and graduated from Leon High School in 1961. She moved to Des Moines after high school and married Clifford Junior King. She worked as a Secretary for Bob Brown Chevrolet and in 1984 Judy moved to Omaha, NE to further her career and worked as a bookkeeper, until she retired and went back home to Iowa to take care of her parents.

In May of 2019, she had finally decided she was ready to move to Arizona to be close to her Son and Daughter and their families and unfortunately the accident occurred while they were traveling to Arizona.

Judy was a selfless person in everything she did. She was always willing to do whatever was necessary to make sure her family was taken care of. We referred to her as “Sarge”, she was the strength, toughness and glue that held our family together.

She cherished her time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. She also had many other favorite things to do, such as going to the beach (she did not like the water), but she could sit for hours on the sand listening to the waves come in. She also loved to gamble, playing Roulette, in Las Vegas or betting on the horse and dog races in Iowa and Nebraska. She enjoyed decorating at Christmas time, mowing and taking care of her yard and she loved her Starbucks – Venti Mocha Frappuccino with no whip and add a shot or two, please.

Judy is survived by her daughter Tammy (Jeff) Lee of Queen Creek, AZ, her daughter-in-law Amanda King, her granddaughters Stephanee (Jeremy) Zettler of Clarksville, TN, Stacee Carlos (Joe Florez) of Queen Creek, Shellee Carlos of Gilbert, AZ and Alyssa King of Salt Lake City, UT.

Her grandson Bradley (Adriana Vasquez) King of Queen Creek and her great grandchildren Taylor and Lucas (Stephanee & Jeremy), Madison (Stacee & Joe), Sophia, Adalina and Zoey (Brad & Adriana). Her two brothers Loren Scott and Lyle (Janice) Scott and her sister-in-law Stephanie Scott. And many nieces and nephews. And her Honorary son Kelly Hager.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Gene and Ruby Scott, her brother Lowell Dean Scott and her sister Sandra May Scott.


  • I’m so sorry for your loss. There is no doubt she left us all too soon. However ,I am certain she left us knowing and feeling how important and loved she was. I am also certain we all know how much she loved each of us. Especially her family. She always kept us as updated as she could and was always so proud of each of you. She sure had a way to make each of us feel special. I will forever love and miss my aunt Judy and all that we shared and all that she taught me.I will forever keep my hummingbird feeders full for her and everyone in our family!

  • Shellie (Diehm) Treanor

    So shocked learning of this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this journey. I hope you are blessed with memories of love till you meet again.

  • I knew Judy from working with her at Casey’s in Leon. I loved her quirky, sweet personality! She was a unique person that I am glad I got to know. I will cherish our conversations and remember her smile! I was in shock when I heard of her tragic passing. She was loved and will be missed.

  • Julie (Kinder) Ury

    I am so very very sorry Tammy for you and your families loss. I sit here and smile remembering the fun we always had when you and Brian would come for visits when we were kids. Aunt Judy was one of a kind and the standard of what a strong independent woman looks like! We also know she was a softie underneath! I always enjoyed our visits and “popping” in to just say hi would turn into a 2-3 hour “gab” session. I was always honored to take care of her hummingbirds while she was on vacation and God forbid you didn’t clean those feeders like she wanted because she you just knew she would know if you didn’t! Aunt Judy will be missed by so many and many here in Leon she knew from Casey’s we’re saddened by her passing and had kind words about Brian as well. I’m am praying you and the family find comfort and peace, thinking of you all!

  • Craig & Kathay Hoyt

    I new Judi for a long time first in med 70s . Loved her smile I will miss her Deeply
    May she and her son be Blessed and thay RIP LOVE Craig & Kathay Hoyt
    I love in Davis City Ia. Sorry for your loss

  • I got to know Judy when she worked at Casey’s. She was such a hard worker and such a friendly gal. She will truly be missed. My sympathy to all the family for the loss of Judy and her son.

  • Jerry Cunningham

    I have missed this amazing lady. I worked with her at Casey’s and even after I left as an employee she always greeted me by name. She was a great lady whose quirky personality made my day.

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