Judy Gayle Panek, 73, of Altamont, passed away at 7:20 p.m., Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. Her death was unexpected.
She was born on October 19, 1948, in Parsons to Earl and Rosemary (Wiggins) Bennett. Judy grew up at Parsons and attended Parsons schools graduating from Parsons High School in 1968.
She worked at IMI Business Forms and the Flesh Company for many years. She retired following 40 years of service. In her retirement she worked part-time for USD 506 schools.
She and Glen A. Garretson were married. They later divorced. She married her loving soulmate, David L. “Dave” Panek, on July 29, 1978, in Parsons. Dave preceded her in death on October 26, 2009.
Judy enjoyed spending time with her grandbabies, BBQ cookouts, taking road trips with her son and daughter-in-law, spending time with her sister and family in Kansas City, fishing, playing bingo with friends, and trips to the casino.
Judy is survived by her son, Jeff Garretson, and his wife, Kelly of Altamont; three grandchildren, Ryan Kellogg of Joplin, MO, Mandy Garretson of Altamont, and Danielle Gatton, and her husband, Josh of Parsons; her pride and joy, nine great-grandchildren, Noah, Aiden, and Briella Kellogg of Grove, OK, Jayce, Jarrett, Khayle Garretson of Altamont, Tate, Tayleigh, and Tavin Gatton of Parsons, her sister, Susan Martinez of Basehor, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Rosemary Bennett, and her brother, Richard Earl “Rick” Bennett.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Pastor Travis Ball officiating. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Memorials are suggested to assist the family with expenses, and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.
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