Judy Ann Templeton

Judy Ann Templeton

January 4, 1947- November 15, 2023

Judy Ann (Johnston) Templeton was born January 4, 1947 – November 15, 2023 to Paul and Juanita (Athy) Johnston in Corning, Iowa. She was the youngest of 5 children. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Paul and Juanita; her brothers, Stanely and Carl (Sandy); and husband, Ivan Templeton.

Judy grew up in Corning, Iowa where she fondly remembered her childhood on the farm. She loved working the tractors and being in the fields with her dad and brother Carl. Judy told several stories about friends & family, horses, chickens, and her pet dog Ming. The stories often ended with Judy getting a scolding from her dad, Paul.

Judy graduated from Corning High School and attended Stewart’s Hair School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Judy’s salon in Corning, Iowa was a thriving business for over 14 years. Judy also had a salon in Greenfield, Iowa.

In 1987, Judy and Ivan moved to Orange County, California where, together, they managed several apartment complexes. With her love for farming ever present, Judy switched her focus to flowers. She soon took on the task of flower lady for several friends and family members.

In 1995, Judy and Ivan moved from California to a cozy home in Bellevue, Nebraska where she and Ivan retired. After Ivan’s passing, Judy lived with her daughter Melissa and her husband Tom in their Papillion home where she enjoyed grandkids, great-grandkids, many vacations, sunrises, sunsets, flowers, fun, and cinnamon raisin toast multiple times daily.

Judy was a warrior and survived a 5-year battle with lung cancer where she displayed her incredible grit and zest for life. During this time, she decided to travel as much as she could and took many trips with family—a few of her favorites being Costa Rica, Charleston, Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo, and many cruises.

With the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, Judy received care at Hillcrest, Mable Rose, and The Cottages, where she had amazing care and was deeply loved by the staff who called her firecracker.

With her daughter and grandsons by her side, she passed peacefully on November 15, 2023.

The family wants to recognize a few people who have loved and helped Judy and her family navigate through Judy’s disease. Thank you to long-time loving friend Gwynn Peters, Hillcrest’s amazing staff: Angie, Lisa, Kaitlyn, Ashley, and Michelle, and Kathy — Judy’s caring hospice nurse.

Judy is survived by her sisters, Ramona (Johnston) Gaskill of Omaha, and Violet (Johnston) Hackett of Madison; sister-in-law, Patty Johnston of Omaha; many nieces and nephews; daughter, Melissa (Glick) King and her husband Tom of Council Bluffs; grandchildren: Ryan King of Omaha, Julia (King) Burgess, husband Dylan and great-grandson Zachariah of Colorado Springs, Ayden and Tiffany King and great-granddaughters, Blakely and Demerie King of Omaha; and her step-sons, Phil Templeton, Todd Templeton, Kyle Templeton and their families.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 27, 2023, 11 a.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W Center Rd. INTERMENT: Bellevue Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Rose Buckner Posted November 16, 2023 2:19 pm

    Melissa ..Bill and I are so sorry to read this of Judy..So many years ago we had so much fun at bowling tournaments and bowling on leagues…I talked to her several times on messenger…Such a great person and caring person!!

  • Lisa Strohmyer Posted November 16, 2023 2:26 pm

    Prayers for peace and comfort. Such an honor to have known your sweet and talented mother.

  • Jane Seaton Posted November 16, 2023 8:26 pm

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. . Judy and I were high school classmates and had many fun times on your grandparents farm. Missy you were her greatest joy. Never was their a more proud and loving Mother. May she rest in peace.

  • Jane Seaton Posted November 16, 2023 8:29 pm

    My deepest sympathy. Judy and were high school classmates and had many fun times on your grandparents farm. We laughed that not only were we friends but our daughters were friends and classmates. You were her greatest joy. May she rest in peace.

  • Nicole Raphael Posted November 17, 2023 1:40 pm

    Melissa and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Judy had a big life full of love and adventure and I see where you get your sense of living a happy life. Losing a parent is a struggle. There will be so many hard days but there will be some lighter days where you’ll see something that reminds you of her and forces a smile through the rain. Love you all and I hope you can heal together in this tough time.

  • Amy Irwin Posted November 17, 2023 3:21 pm

    So incredibly sorry for your loss . Thinking of you all .

  • Speckman family Posted November 18, 2023 11:56 am

    I didn’t know Judy much personally but I know Julia and her parents and the way they talked about her and loved on her-that tells a lot about a person. This is a season of hurt but I’ll quote Ed Sheeran from his song about losing his Mom,
    “A heart that’s broke is a heart that’s been loved…..
    A life with love is a life that’s been lived. “
    Sending our thoughts and prayers.

  • Geneva Scott Posted November 27, 2023 11:50 am

    Our family love Judy and are sad to for her passing. Love to you, Melissa and your family. I am so glad I could attend her service via video. Thank you. Love from myself, Darin and Jesse Templeton, and LeAnn.

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