Judith “Judy” Alice Brownhall, 79, died Jan. 3, 2021, in Keller, Texas.
She was born Sept. 20, 1941, in Turin, Iowa, to George C. and Margaret I. Hall. She grew up on a farm in Sergeant Bluff and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of South Dakota. Many years later she returned to college and completed a Master of Art in Education Administration at Chapman University.
She had a long career as a pre-school and elementary school educator in southern California. At retirement, she toured Europe, staying in hostels along the way. She enjoyed the experience so much she took a job as a housemother at a hostel in Ketchikan.
“She grew to love Ketchikan immensely and purchased a condo so that she could summer in Alaska and winter over in Texas near her children and grandchildren.
She enjoyed dancing, attending musical productions, visiting museums, reading the Bible, journaling, playing card games and other games like dominoes and Scrabble.
“Judy was a fierce competitor and never backed down from a challenge,” her family writes. “She was tenacious, independent and answered only to herself. She was active in the communities she lived in, often giving generously to charities, and volunteering her time for various organizations. Judy was beloved by family and friends.”
Judith Brownhall is survived by her son, Darrell Burgan and wife Virginia of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Dena and husband Rance Berg of Haslet, Texas; foster daughter, Hong Dianna Nguyen of southern California; grandchildren, Reese and his wife Britney, Grace, Demi, Cole, Claire and Bryce; great-grandson, Caleb; and brother, Col. James Hall and his wife Angela of Xylocastro, Greece.