Judith Ann Fairchild, 81, of Roanoke, Ill., went to be with her Heavenly Father at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021. She was born on November 14, 1939, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Janet and Merrill Castle. She married Dan Fairchild on March 11, 1987. He survives.
Also surviving are her three children, Debbie (John) Lindsey of Roanoke, Steve (Danette) Bellman of Secor, and Janet (Mark) of Roanoke; grandsons, Joshua (Michele) Tol and Jacob (Abbey) Tol; granddaughters, Jennifer (Bryan) Willey and Victoria (Vlad) Novichenko; great-grandsons, Noah, Owen, Eli Willey; and great-granddaughters, Lauren Tol, Ellie Grace Tol, Mila and Kaia Novichenko.
Judy will be missed by all. She always felt grateful and blessed seeing her children grow up to love the Lord and king of kings, Jesus Christ. She attended Morton High School and Bradley University. Judy was employed a total of 42 years by bus transportation at Eureka District #140 and Roanoke Bonson Unit #60. She had a great compassion for youth and was involved many years at Illinois Farm Bureau Program “Ag in the Classroom.” Always being interested in agriculture, Judy was a 4-H leader for nine years as well as being on the Woodford County Ladies Board. In her younger years, Judy was actively involved in the showing of Angus cattle and Hackney road ponies. Some of her greatest joys were attending the cattle shows as well as society horse shows in which her children and grandchildren participated as well. Judy had the honor of winning grand champion steer at Illinois State Fair in 1956, reserve champion steer at Houston, Texas, reserve champion at Chicago International. Her daughters won champion roadster pony in 1984 at Illinois State Fair; he was properly named Chairman of the Board. She was a life member of the American Angus Association, American Simmental Association, and the American Hackney Association. She also served as secretary Area IV horse shows at Heart of Illinois fair. Her love for her Lord and Savior was the light of her life. Judy is most grateful to her prayer group and friends. Cremation rights have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at her church home Glad Tidings Assembly of God in East Peoria. A private graveside service will be held at Centennial Cemetery in Secor. Memorials may be made to her church for the youth to attend a missions trip.