Judy Louise (Hughes) Edelman, 64 of Central City, Nebraska, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019, at Arbor Care Center in Fullerton, Nebraska.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at First Christian Church in Central City, NE with Pastor Curt Cooper will officiating. A celebration of life will follow at the First Christian Church fellowship hall. A private family inurnment will be at a later date at Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) in rural Clarks, NE. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 15th at the church. Palmer-Santin Funeral Home is serving the family.
Judy was born on January 9, 1955 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Lyle W. and Dorothy (Meyers) Hughes. Judy was the youngest of five children. They grew up on a ranch near Brewster, where the family raised Herford bulls. Judy attended a one room schoolhouse outside of Ainsworth where she found her love of reading. This was one of her many passions in life. Later, the family moved to Thedford where Judy finished high school. While attending school, Judy met and fell in love with the love of her life, Sam Edelman.
Judy and Sam graduated in the class of 1973. They were married on August 24, 1973. To this union, they had two daughters, Barbee and Jullee. Judy was meant to be a mother. She had a bright smile that lit up a room and a huge heart that was evident to anyone that met her.
Judy and Sam loved living in the country. They resided in Central City the remainder of their marriage. Judy loved to garden both vegetables and flowers. She always had beautiful flower beds and spent hours weeding. Judy was an expert at canning her garden produce and made the best jelly.
When she wasn’t working outside, you could find her reading or writing a letter to one of her many pen pals, almost always with a cat nearby. Her love of reading was passed down to her daughters and grandchildren as she was always buying someone a book to read. Animals were a favorite companion for Judy. Their place always had farm animals with many friendly cats. Judy always had a cat or two following her around.
Judy was a member of the First Christian Church. There, she was active in Vacation Bible School and was known as “the cookie lady” for a few years. She was also a helper with various youth groups throughout the years. Judy loved cooking, especially for church dinners. She loved the fellowship each Sunday dinner would bring.
Judy loved to decorate for the holidays and spent hours crafting. She also loved going to garage sales and the Thrift Store. Bargain hunting was also a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Most of all, Judy loved her grandkids. She loved every minute with all of them. She was always showing someone a new picture of the grand kids. They were the joy of her life.
Judy is survived by husband, Sam Edelman of Central City; two daughters, Barbee (Jesse) Sweet of Clarks and Jullee (Joe) Archer of Clarks; grandchildren, Logan, Mahailla, Cabot, Grayden, Bryer, and Averianna Archer, and Elanie and Easton Sweet, all of Clarks; sisters, Sherry (Mark) Ferguson of Billings, Montana, Carol (Dave) Hardesty of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mary Burrier of Lockhart, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy is preceded in death by both her parents, Lyle W. and Dorothy Hughes; brother, Mike Hughes; and one niece, Jennifer Ferguson.