Judith Ann Jeffery, 63, of Colorado Springs passed away on July 5th 2014.
Judy was born on Nov. 7th 1950 in Sacramento Ca to James “Bud” and Laura Jeffery. Judy graduated from Highlands High School. She took many art classes at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
She married Ronald Rometti at a young age and became the proud mother of Ronald T. and Thomas Rometti. Judy moved to Cripple Creek, Co in 1974 with her sons and shortly after was in a car accident which broke her neck and rendered her a quadriplegic paralyzed from chest down. She could move her arms but not hands. This did not tarnish her uplifting attitude for life despite constant discomfort and often agony. She was never bitter and loved life and people. She is beautiful inside and out with an amazing outlook and artistic perspective which inspired all who knew or met her. Judy raised her two sons and was the most adoring and affectionate mother who wanted nothing but their happiness.
Bud and Laura Jeffery moved to Cripple Creek to take care of their daughter and 2 grandsons after the accident and have been part of the community that has given so much to our family ever since.
Judy had a full life of love and happiness and met and married Ted Fess in 1978. Judy, Tom and Ted lived in Cripple Creek and Victor until 1982, when they moved briefly to Colorado Springs, Greenland and eventually settled in Castle Rock. Even though the marriage ended they stayed friends and the Fess’s continue to be family.
Dale Briggs and Judy married in 2002 and enjoyed each other’s company until her passing. They joined a Celtic club, went to festivals, the veterans rally in Cripple Creek. They both enjoyed watching TV series like Survivor together. Dale adored Judy and doted over her as much as possible. He would help her in whatever endeavor she asked like soap making and lotions. Dale was very generous and sensitive to her.
Judy lived life with an artist’s eye. She was an accomplished painter and her work is covenanted by those who have them and desired by those who don’t. She worked with mixed media, acrylics, oils, pastels, and charcoals. She did Native American portraits, wildlife, landscapes, fantasy pieces and many others. She won blue ribbon awards 3 years in a row at the Douglas County fair. She sold some of her paintings in galleries. She also loved the art of others and her home was filled with unique pieces. She has inspired countless kids and adults to get into art.
Her beloved trained handicap dogs Nugget, Haley ‘Girl’ and Cargo were there every moment and helped her get through the bad times and experience the good ones. Judy wrote “I believe the dogs which come to share our lives for a while are nothing less than angels, sent to us so we might learn our own value and worth through the eyes of a totally unbiased being. “
Judy was preceded in death by her father James “Bud” Jeffery and foster sister Donna Beebe. She is survived by her mother Laura Jeffery, husband Dale Briggs, brothers Jim and Rick Jeffery, foster sister Linda Rutherford, and sons Ron and Thomas Rometti.
Please join us in a “Service of Remembrance” on Saturday July 26th at 2PM Cripple Creek Baptist Church located at West Carr St. and 1st St.
Contributions in lieu of flowers or donations may be sent to Freedom Service Dogs, 2000 West Union Avenue, Englewood CO 80110
Judy was as genuine as it gets and she is an inspiration to us all with her free spirit and bubbly personality who loved people and life. Thanks for teaching us to be more positive, loving and happy. Your light will never fade because we will hold you in our hearts and memories