Judith Ann Braun, formerly of Beatrice, passed away peacefully on Jan. 16, 2019 at Meadowlark Adult Care Home in Wichita, Kan., surrounded by family. Judie was born on June 6, 1955 to Walt and Louise Braun in Beatrice, Nebraska, where she lived most of her life. She graduated from Beatrice High School in 1973 and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She later returned to UNL to earn her Master's Degree. She was a member of Mensa. Her first full time job was as a residence director at Johnson Hall at Nebraska Weslyan University. However most of her career was devoted to the Beatrice State Developmental Center where she held various positions for over 30 years. Judie was committed to the wellbeing of residents and staff alike, and served as a Steward for the Nebraska Association for Public Employees. Judie also worked for many years as a part-time dispatcher for the Beatrice Police Department and sometimes filled in for the Gage County Sheriff's Department as well. Judie enjoyed books, movies, and music, but her greatest passion was photography. She loved photographing people, especially her seven nieces and nephews and later seven great-nieces. Her family enjoyed playing many games with her, like Trivial Pursuit, Guesstures, and Catch Phrase, during which her brothers-in-law would tease her mercilessly for her expressive gestures and her use of words that none of the rest of us knew. Her boisterous laughter was contagious.
She was preceded in death by her father Walter Braun and her sister Kathy (Braun) Bartek. Survivors include her mother Louise (Woltemath) Braun; sister Shauna (Braun) Spencer and husband Steve, all of Wichita, Kan.; former brother-in-law Tom Bartek and his wife Lisa of Falls City; seven nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at the Griffiths Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with everyone invited to wear something purple. A reception will be held following the service at Valentino's in Beatrice. Inurnment will be at a later date. There will be no viewing as cremation has taken place, but a register book will be available for signatures Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with the family greeting friends from 6-7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established to the NET Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation with the funeral home in charge. Sign Judie’s online guest book and watch her video tribute when completed at www.ghchapel.com.
These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.