Judith Colleen Emary


Judith Colleen Emary, 82, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington, MN. She was born on the family farm near Wallingford, Iowa on December 5, 1936, to her parents Albert and Pearl (Swift) Rolfson. She attended a one room school in Emmet County, Iowa and later in Graettinger, Iowa. She graduated from Graettinger High School in 1954. While in high school she was involved in the vocal music program, was manager of the girls’ basketball team, and FHA. She attended and graduated from Americana Beauty Academy in Des Moines in 1955. Judy worked in a salon in Des Moines before becoming the co-owner of the Oriental Beauty Salon in Estherville, Iowa from January 1956 through August 1957. Judy was married to Robert Emary on August 11, 1957 in Graettinger, Iowa. They lived in Lake Crystal, MN and Mapleton, MN before moving to Worthington in August 1963. Their daughter, Rebecca, was born in Estherville, Iowa on August 26, 1962. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Worthington, where she served on several committees, United Methodist Women and the Naomi/Ruth Circle. Judy was a member of the Tri-4 Project Group for many years and she was an active member of the Nobles County DFL Party. Judy loved doing sewing projects as well as doing many craft projects. She won many ribbons at the Nobles County Fair for entering items in the open class area. Judy is survived by her husband, Bob, of nearly 62 years; her daughter, Becky of Coon Rapids, MN; sister, Kathleen (Raymond) Dahna of Huntington, IA; sister, Mary (Ronald) Fay of Wallingford, IA, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and in-laws. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Dr. Daren I. Flinck officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Immediately following the service, lunch will be served. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and plants, please give memorials to First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.

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