Judith K. Carriker
Judith K. Carriker
September 28, 1945 – July 27, 2014
Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 68
Judith K. Carriker, 68, of Oskaloosa, was surrounded by her devoted family when she went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 27, 2014, while being cared for at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born September 28, 1945, in Oskaloosa the daughter of James Grant and Marie Maxine Anderson McCurdy.
Judi graduated from Fremont High School with the class of 1963, where she enjoyed playing girls basketball and music. Following high school she attended Iowa Wesleyan College.
On August 14, 1965, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Larry Carriker, at the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa. Following their marriage they moved to Ames so Larry could finish school at Iowa State University. While living in Ames Judi worked at McFarland Medical Clinic.
After Larry’s graduation the two of them moved to Fremont. They were blessed with two wonderful sons, Matthew and Todd. Judi stayed home to care for her sons for a few years.
Judi joined Larry working at the family business McCurdy Hybrid Seed Co. The two of them worked side-by-side for many years, and enjoyed the trips they took all over the world to visit with various people about McCurdy Hybrid Seed. Judi retired from the family business in the mid 1980’s.
Judi lived her faith through her commitment to God, church and her family. She was a very active member of the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa, where she taught Sunday School for many years, served on numerous committees and was always willing to help with projects. She was also a member of Chief Mahaska Questers, P.E.O. Chapter IO where she was past president, and Mahaska County Outreach Board. Judi spent her life putting her family and others first. She was a special caregiver to her grandfather, uncle and parents as they grew older.
Judi gave selflessly of her time and talents to many family members and organizations in Oskaloosa. She enjoyed judging various beauty pageants that led to the Miss Iowa Pageant. She had a great eye for style and decorating, and enjoyed shopping for clothing and items to decorate her home. She was also asked from time to time to help her friends decorate their homes. She also enjoyed collecting antiques.
Judi and Larry truly enjoyed their children and grandchildren, they had a lot of fun keeping up with their grandchildren’s activities. She felt very blessed to see her granddaughter Katie graduate from Iowa State University in May. She was also able to be a part of her granddaughter Katie’s special day a year ago, by helping her select her wedding dress. Her memory will be honored on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Katie and Brandon’s wedding, which is being held in the same church that Larry and Judi exchanged vows in, 49 years ago this August.
Her family includes her husband of nearly 49 years, Larry Carriker of Oskaloosa; two sons and their wives: Matthew and Stacy Carriker and Todd and Laura Carriker, all of Oskaloosa; five grandchildren: Kathryn 22 (Brandon Kain), Grant 20, Adam 17, Emily 9 and Ryan Carriker 8; a sister and her husband, Jan and Charles Espy of Fairfield; a brother and his wife, Larry and Connie McCurdy of West Des Moines; her mother-in-law, Helen Carriker of Oskaloosa; her father-in-law, Clay (& Jean) Carriker of Oskaloosa; a brother-in-law and his wife, Dennis and Sue Carriker of Cape Coral, Florida; a sister-in-law and her husband, Vonnie and Carl Jones of Greenville, Ohio; two aunts: Norma Lee Anderson and Betty Anderson both of Oskaloosa; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and two special caregivers, Linda Sherwood and Bonnie Comstock.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother in infancy, Jimmy Grant McCurdy.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend Bruce Wittern officiating.
Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin Tuesday morning after 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-8 Tuesday evening to greet friends and relatives.
Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church Youth Ministry.