Judith “Judy” Mae Kemker, 80, of Connersville passed away Sunday morning, February 23, 2020.
She was born in Wayne County on March 9, 1939, one of thirteen children of Almar and Hazel (Burner) Patterson. She was raised in Dublin, Indiana and was a graduate of Lincoln High School.
On February 17, 1958, Judy married Charles Stephen Kemker at Calvary Baptist Church. Mr. Kemker passed away April 4, 2018.
Judy had worked at D and M in Connersville, and Nettle Creek Industries and RCA, both in Richmond. She had also worked as a nurse’s aide at Fayette Memorial Hospital and the Parkview Restaurant. For many years, she had also been a school bus driver for the Fayette County School System.
Along with her husband, “Charlie”, Judy was very active in local veteran affairs. She was a member of the Amvet’s Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, DAV Auxiliary, and was a member of the Fayette County Veterans Honor Guard. She also helped her husband with the Fayette County Veterans Transportation Organization. Judy was also a member of the Optimist Club.
Survivors include five children, Edward (Billie) Kemker of Kodak, Tennessee, Charles A. (Jeannie) Kemker of Rushville, Rebecca Richter of Connersville, James (Sylvia) Kemker of Davenport, Florida, and Velma (Kenneth) Gabbard of Connersville; 18 grandchildren, 33 great- grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Terry (Sue) Patterson of Dublin and Billy (Cathy) Patterson of Berryton, Kansas; four sisters, Alma Reagan of Dublin, Debbie Lyons of Hagerstown, Brenda (Elmer) Blevins of New Castle, Leah (Tom) Fugiasco of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides her husband of 60 years, Charles Kemker, she is preceded in death by a son, John Stephen Kemker, who passed away in 1986; her parents; five brothers, Ron Patterson, John Patterson, Jack Patterson, Donald Patterson, and Frank Patterson; and a sister, Carolyn Patterson.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Lovett officiating. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.
Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.