At her request, no services are scheduled. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Judy was born May 28, 1940, in Amarillo. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1958. She married Vergil Welch Jr. on July 5, 1958, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 2010.
She is survived by her son Kevin and wife Karen of Wildorado; two daughters, Kelli Splawn and Erin Welch, both of Amarillo; a grandson Jake Splawn and wife Robin; sister Pat Morgan, and four nieces and a nephew.
Judy maintained a lifelong interest in politics, participating in many ways. As a young mother, she was elected to the Colleyville City Council in 1977, a controversial year in the development of the city. She also worked on the staff of Jim Wright, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
She and her son, Kevin, owned and operated several community newspapers in Texas, including the Prairie Dog Gazette and the Texas Panhandle Star.
She played piano artfully, striking up many complicated melodies by ear. And she was a devoted lover of music, from the arias of Luciano Pavarotti to the lonesome fiddles of Western Swing and the silky smoothness of jazz.
She had an intrinsic love of the Panhandle and never lost sight of how this country affected the people who settled here.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Amarillo SPCA, P.O. Box 1014, Amarillo, TX, 79108, or to Panhandle PBS, P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX, 79178.