Judy Ann Meiley, age 76, of Mesa, Arizona passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Judy loved spending time with her family and friends. Her face always lit up when she was in the presence of her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing the piano/organ at her church and loved to shop. Judy was a loving mother and grandmother. She cherished her children and grandchildren whom brought her joy and inspiration. Judy graduated from Arizona State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Judy retired from the Mesa Unified School District in 1999 after dedicating 21 years of service to teaching. She taught Economics and Political Science at Mountain View High School and also served as a Varsity Cheerleader Coach for 5 years. Judy loved playing the piano and organ. She was the lead pianist / organist for 50 years with the Mesa First Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Annabeth Thorne. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Emery (Duke); son, Steven Meiley; daughter, Janene Howitz; daughter, Jenifer Meiley and her wife, Ronda; son, Bryan Meiley and his wife, Tiffany; 7 grandchildren, Kaylene, Michael, Matthew, McKenzie, Kacey, Brianna, and Carly; 2 great grandchildren, Anastasia and Lillian. She is also survived by brother, Gary Thorne and his wife, Margie; and sister, Connie Torres and her husband, Joe; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A viewing will be held at 11am to 1pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Bunker Family Funerals & Cremation located at 3529 E University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213. Burial will follow the viewing at the National Memorial Cemetery at 2:00pm located at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024 (pass the cemetery to Pinnacle Peak light and go right. Entrance will be on the right and a marquee will display shelter location). A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Mesa First Church of the Nazarene located at 955 E University Drive, Mesa, AZ and officiated by Pastor Caudle.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to your charity of choice as Judy was fond of donating to numerous charities.
What does one say about a friend of over 40 years? Just that the friendship lasted that long speaks volumes. Judy was one of a kind and I will miss her for the rest of my life. She was nurturing, smart, interesting and courageous. Thank you Judy for all your friendship all these years.
A wonderful lady who lived a full life. I have many happy memories of listening to her play the piano, and spending time with her amazing family. I know her sweet parents are happy to see her, but still she will be greatly missed by us…
I was always fond of Judy . I am deeply saddened by her passing. My prayers and condolences for her family and friends.
Judy was an amazing lady and one of the most caring and generous persons I’ve ever met. I will miss her dearly and I feel very blessed to have had her in my life.
I remember Judy from our high school years in Great Bend, Kansas. She was an amazing person even back then. I am so sorry for your loss.
It’s always so sad to learn that a classmate has passed away, Judy was a wonderful person and sounds like she had a full life,comfort and prayers to her family on their loss.
I’m so sorry for your loss. We were classmates in 1962 in great bend, ks. As we get older we loose many friends. Glad she had a good faithful life
I’m so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. We were high school friends in Great Bend KS. Judy and her Mom hosted a bridal shower for me there. Lots of great memories of times gone by. Happy that she had a loving family and a good life. Our sympathy to her family and many friends.
A life well lived for the Lord. Blessing to all during the time. Prayers for all.