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Judy K. Davis

Posted October 25, 2012 in Obituaries, Urbandale

June 24, 1944 – October 20, 2012

Judy Davis

Judy Kay Davis, 68, died on October 20, 2012, after fighting a long, hard battle with scleroderma. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012, at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, in West Des Moines, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Judy was born on June 24, 1944, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Donald and Lenora (Palmer) Hampshire. She graduated from Ottumwa High School. At the age of 38, she attended Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University, in Kirksville, MO, to fulfill her lifetime dream of becoming a special education teacher. For the next several years, she taught special education at schools in Hedrick, Iowa; Ottumwa, Iowa and at Cattell Elementary School in Des Moines.

She will be missed by her loving husband of 38 years, Tom Davis; children, Jody (Todd) Williams of Ottumwa and Joel Davis of Urbandale; granddaughter, Holli Briggs (mother, Jodi Overturf) of Eureka, MO; grandson, Brent Williams of Ottumwa; sister, Linda (Bob) Henderson of Bevier, MO; brother-in-law, Reggie (Diane) Davis of Davenport; sister-in-law, Nancy Hampshire of Minnesota; nephews; several nieces, aunts, and many friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Lenora Hampshire; parents-in-law, Edwin and Joan Davis; brother, Donald Jr. Hampshire; niece, Cindy Henderson; nephew, Josh Davis; and uncle, Jack Palmer.

Judy was the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend that anybody could have…a kind, genuine human being.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her name to the Urbandale Education Foundation, 11152 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322 or Indian Hills Community College Foundation, Ottumwa, IA. Online condolences may be sent to


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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