Judy Lee (Ikenberry) Farmer

A memorial visitation for Judy Lee (Ikenberry) Farmer, 54, Lawrence, will be Thursday, March 15 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Judy passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Olathe Hospice House from ovarian cancer.  Private inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery at the University of Kansas.

Judy was born on August 29, 1963 in Lawrence, KS. She was the daughter of Raymond Lloyd Ikenberry (Myrna), Lawrence, and Thelma Jean “Jeanie” Randel Frank (Arlen), Wellsville. She is survived by both parents; brother, Alan Ikenberry (Kathy), Baldwin; sons, Matthew Farmer, Lawrence and Travis Farmer, Ottawa; grandchildren, Craetyn and Rhylee Farmer, Ottawa and Kenzleigh Farmer, Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Ira and Sylvia Ikenberry, Baldwin, maternal grandparents William “Bill” and Thelma Randel, Baldwin; aunt Dee Ann Randel Augustus, Lawrence, uncle Clifford Ikenberry, Baldwin, and aunt Dorothey Powell.

Judy was a lifelong resident of Lawrence, attending Pinckney, Broken Arrow, South Jr. High, Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, where she completed her degree in Social Welfare. Judy worked at the University of Kansas for over 26 years, and especially enjoyed her time employed at African and African American Studies, and the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies which spurred her interest in international travel. Judy enjoyed playing sports, bicycling, kayaking and paddle boating on Marion Lake and Lake Shawnee, traveling, listening to live music, watching KU Basketball, and Diet Coke with Lime.

Amongst the greatest joys of her life were her sons and grandchildren; her most favorite trips to Alaska, New Orleans, Cuba, Nicaragua and Australia; the all-expense paid trip to LA as one of Dr. Phil’s biggest fans for his 1000th show; and her visits as an audience member for Oprah and Jimmy Kimmel tapings. Among her favorite bands were The Eagles, Rascal Flatts, Samantha Fish and Travis Marvin. She enjoyed attending blues festivals. She was active in organizing several of her Class of 1981 Lawrence High School reunions and was known for remaining in contact with many of her high school classmates. She was a loyal and dedicated family member, friend, and employee of the University of Kansas, where she worked the majority of her career.

The family suggests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to Ovarian Cancer Research at the University of Kansas Hospital, the KU Endowment Judy L. Farmer Fund, or Olathe Hospice House, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Michael A Davenport...

So very sorry to hear of your loss.

From Steve Seratte...

So shocked to hear about Ike`s kid sister. Summers growing up on 27th street will always be fond memories. Judy’s ready smile and playful spirit were such a comfort. She will be missed by so many,.. my thoughts and prayers are with you all!
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From Nancy Bagwell...

To Judy’s family sending my deepest condolences to you. I am writing this message for Terri Clark Flint as she is in the hospital.

From Brenda Kappelman...

Prayers to the family of Judy. Dear Judy was always so pleasant and always wanting to know how you were. I miss her at Body Boutique where I last visited with her. That has been some time. I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful lady – inside and out.

From Dovis Pollock...

Treasure all the memories! They will live forever!
I met Judy through LAS and what a pleasure it was to work with her and just visit with her whenever our paths would cross.

From Melinda Holladay Hegeman...

To Judys family, Please accept my deepest condolence. Judy was such a fun loving person. I went to Jr high and High school with her and played sports with her. We reconneted only to find out we were both fighting cancer. She sat with me through my treatments. We shared amazing memories and spoke of our life journeys. She was so caring of others. She spoke of her children and grandchildren she was graced with. She was truly amazing. She will always have a special warm place in my heart. I too did not have a chance to cherish her in her last days. I am saddened that I will not be able to be at her visitation tonight She will be missed. God has embrassed a very special angel,

From Lisa (Anderson) Contreras...

I’m so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. I went to school with Judy in Lawrence (South Jr. High and LHS) and shared many a laugh with her. Although we lost touch after High School, through Facebook we reconnected and she continued to be an inspiration and a kind soul. She will be greatly missed. Praying for the family and friends she left behind and hope you find peace in your cherished memories.

From Denise (Beckloff) Neasham...

My prayers & condolences to Judy’s family during this time of great loss. I was roommates with Judy at KU from 1982-83. I was also a bridesmaid at her wedding to Tom. I will always remember her fondly and was happy to reconnect with her on Facebook in 2017. She will be missed greatly by all who knew & loved her during her life. Looking forward to seeing her again in Heaven….

From Lynn White Leikam...

Sending my prayers and condolence to all of Judy’s family. May God bless you all during this time and always. I am so sorry for your profound loss.

From Laura Meyer Pfeifer...

Judy was a special person as you can see from all of these beautiful comments. I knew her a little bit in high school, but even more later in life when I returned to Lawrence. She always included me in everything and got me reconnected with some old and new friends. She was a special person, and I will miss her smile. She fought hard and often with humor. I’m glad she is finally at peace.

From Ann Stites...

Judy will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. I feel lucky to call her friend. My God support you in this time of grief. Ann Stites

From Debra Diehl...

So sorry to learn this sad news. I knew Judy from high school but got to know her better years later as we crossed paths in Lawrence. I loved reading about her trips. I will always think of her with a smile on her face. So sorry for this too-early goodbye.

From Bartholomew Dean...

Mi amiga Judy: You may be gone from my sight but you will never be gone from my heart.

From Lisa Rausch...

I am one of the many students that Ms. Judy took care of in the Latin American Studies center over the years. She was always so kind and patient with us! I loved seeing all of the travel mementos people had brought to her that she kept in her office – evidence of how many of us she had helped to explore the world. What a lovely soul. I’m so sorry for your loss.

From Jane Irungu...

I am so very saddened to hear of Judy’s passing. I worked with her at KU’s African & African American Department before she moved to Latin American Studies. Always kind and thoughtful. I will miss you Judy- I will miss reading your facebook posts and your kind inquiries about my family and career. To the family: my condolences and prayers. May you be comforted. Rest in Peace, till we meet again.

From Eugenia Leasure Bryan...

To Ray and all of Judy’s family and friends, I am so sorry to learn of this huge loss in your lives. May you find peace in your memories and comfort in the love you have shared.

From Mary Kay Howe...

To Judy’s family: I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Judy. We met many years ago as neighbors and became friends. Unfortunately, We haven’t talked in about six months, and I had no idea that her illness had gotten this bad. I’m so sorry I did not get to tell her goodbye. Judy was a great friend.

From Ian Carrillo...

I knew Judy back when I was an undergrad and grad student at the Center for Latin American Studies. She was always so kind, smart, and helpful. She was a really lovely person. My condolences to her children, parents, and family.

From Johnson and Nancy Shockley...

We are so sorry to hear about your daughter. We know your hearts are hurting. You are in our thoughts.

From Rhetta Jo Noever...

To Ray and family, I am sorry to read about your daughter. It is difficult to lose a daughter, mother, etc at such a young age and of this dreaded disease. My Mother had the same. You are in my thoughts.

From Frances Ward Long...

Ray, I send my deepest sympathy to you and all your family on the loss of your daughter, Judy. I didn’t know her but by reading all the messages she was a loving, caring person and touched many lives. She will be missed.

From Marilyn Figuieras...

Farmer family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Judy. We worked together at KU where she spoke so highly about her children and grandchildren. Judy was a delight to be around and a totally lovely person. She will be missed.

From Laura H. Herlihy...

Judy was such a fun and supportive person! She became one of my very best friends through my years of teaching at Latin American Studies. She graced the Center for over ten years (I believe) and we were sad to see her go the Shared Service Center in Strong Hall. Judy was very important to creating a community at Latin American Studies and undergrad, gradúate students and other professors could be found sitting in her office over Jayhawk Blvd. catching up and chatting about life. Judy was a vibrant, joy-filled and loving friend. She also joined me in Nicaragua for two summers in a row on the Center’s Study Abroad Trip. So happy that I had these moments with Judy traveling together. I will miss her deeply. Thanks Judy for being the bestest friend anyone could ever have!

From Cheri Ezell...

Judy was an amazing person in every way. Such a sweet kind and funny lady… and strong beyond measure! I have known Judy since our years at South Junior High. Over the years I would run into her pretty much every year at the Douglas County Fair listening to the various bands that play. She loved her family more than anything in the world! She will be greatly missed by many. Her pain and suffering is over but the family’s pain and heartbreak are just beginning. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. Hugs to all ❤

From Elizabeth Kuznesof...

I am terribly saddened by news of Judy’s death. I worked very closely with her in Latin American Studies and she was an important part of the success we had in those years. She was such a skilled manager and so good with people. She had such a love of life. It is hard to think she is no longer here with us. Condolences to her children. I am so sorry. Betsy Kuznesof

From Ann Ermey...

Losing Judy is a huge loss for her family, friends and in general. She was always such a sweet and kind person. Whether it was floating the Meramec river, doing ceramics, or going to hear Travis Marvin sing – those memories will remain with me. You were a good friend Judy.

From Peter H. Herlihy...

Somehow… Ms. Judy will always be there for us all, with love always.

From Erin Adamson...

I’m so sorry to hear you have lost Judy. When I was a graduate student working in the office in Latin American Studies, Judy was a great boss and helped guide me through the rough seas of graduate school. After my son was born and I was no longer a student, I sometimes brought him to KU to visit Judy and talk babies. What a lovely person she was!

From Mary Conn...

Though I haven’t seen Judy in several years, I will never forget our wild trip to the Eagles concert in Kansas City several years back. We sang their songs all the way over and back, never missing a word. Judy and I met at a singles group and would often joke about never finding any boyfriends, but often finding great girlfriends. Judy was great great fun and her light will be missed in this world.

From Bette Luther...

To Judy’s family, I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. We met at KU when our departments shared a suite in Bailey Hall. She was such a good person to work with and was always so patient and kind to everyone who came into the office. She always talked about you boys and was overjoyed to be a grandma. She will be missed by so many whose lives she touched. You are in my prayers.

From Rae Ann Brown...

To the family: I am so sorry for your loss. Judy touched many lives at KU and will be remembered fondly. She was a neighbor and co-worker and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathy to you all.

From Rhonda Cook...

Judy and I met as neighbors and later worked together at KU. She was always kind, helpful and considerate of others. Her influence will continue to live through the lives of the people she touched – and there were many.

From Kristen (Stewart) Reber...

To Judy’s family: I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of being friends with Judy in elementary school, junior high, and high school. We even roomed together our first year at KU. Although we lost touch through the years we enjoyed reconnecting over dinner this last summer. Judy was always a good friend and kind to everyone. Her passing is far too early. I know she will be missed and pray you, her family, will be comforted by the memories of happier times.
Sincerely, Kristen (Stewart) Reber

From Anita Abel...

My condolences to Judy’s family. I’ve worked with Judy for several years and she was always a pleasure to work with. She will be missed.

From Teresa A. Kopsa...

I’m sorry I did not have a chance to say Good-Bye to Judy. I worked with her at KU and she shared with me parts of her journey. To Judy’s family: your daughter, mother, sister, grandmother was a pleasure to get to know and I hope you will be filled with good memories of her.

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