Judy made her entrance into this world on February 25, 1953 in Newport, Arkansas, Being the youngest of three children to Marvin and Joyce Waddill (Langley), Judy never let her older siblings, Brenda and Larry, forget that she was the baby of the family. She was a bundle of Joy and remained so throughout her life bringing smiles and cheer to everyone she met.
A year after she was born , her parents moved to California where they lived in Indian Wells, Thousand Palms, and Palm Desert. As a family they attended Calvary Missionary Baptist Churc in Coachella where Judy was saved and Baptized at the age of 12 years old.
Growing up in the desert, Judy attended Indio High School and it was during her teenage years that she met and fell in love with a handsome young man named Michael Lockwood. On July 25, 1970, she became his bride and just last year they celebrated 50 years of marriage. Michael was a member of the United States Air Force and shortly after their marriage he was transferred overseas where they lived for a period of time in Turkey. After returning to the states they were blessed with the birth of two beautiful daughters, Amanda Ann and Sara Joyce and several years later with their son Aaron Michael, better known to some of us as "Bubba". Judy was a devoted, loving wife and mother and because of her great love for babies, she began running a childcare facility in their home called SugarBears to help supplement the family income. Sometime later they were also blessed with a granddaughter named Haley and a grandson named Jacob. After Michael's retirement in 2009 they moved to Alva, Oklahoma where they lived for several years in the ice and snow near Judy's cousin Deannie and where Aaron graduated form High School. Then in 2015 they moved back to sunny California where they purchased their home in Moreno Valley.
Besides Judy's great love for kids, she excelled in cooking and making crafts, much to the joy of not only her family, but to many friends who were the recipients of her talents. Even after she fell and broke her neck in 2016 and later fell and broke her leg, which confined her to a hospital bed and wheel chair, she would have Michael and Aaron set her at a table so she could continue helping with the preparation of meals and making of gifts for others. Judy also had a great love for Southern Gospel Music and was proud of being the biggest fan of the Blood Washed Band and she rarely missed local Gaither Homecoming or Booth Brothers concerts getting her picture taken with them every time they came to town,
Having understood the challenges of raising a special-needs child themselves, Mike and Judy were also active supporters of Bills Special Kids, a non-profit organization that helps young people with special needs and it was truly a labor of love for her to participate in their many events and to support their activities. She and Bubba also loved preparing and distributing care packages to the homeless that they would come across on the streets. It was apparent to everyone that she truly had a heart of gold and loved giving to others.
Judy was also loud and she rarely held back what she was thinking but if there's one thing we all know about Judy, it was that she loved and she loved deeply. She made mistakes, just as we all do, but she also gave 100% of herself to those she loved and like her dad, she never met a stranger.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Joyce Waddill and her brother Larry Edward Waddill along with grandparents and many other relatives and friends who she is now rejoicing with in heaven. She leaves behind here, her devoted and loving husband Michael, daughters Amanda Dunn and Sara Robinson, and her son Aaron "Bubba" Lockwood. She also leaves behind her loving sister Brenda Blank, granddaughter Haley Dunn and grandson Jacob Robinson along with many other relatives and friends who will miss Judy's big smile and hugs but whom she very much looks forward to seeing again one day in heaven.
Private services will be held and Judy will be laid to rest in Riverside National Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.
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