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Judith  E.  Geary
  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
    12685 E. C Avenue
    Augusta, MI 49012
  • McKay Memorial Library
    105 South Webster Street
    Augusta, MI 49012

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“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Judy was such a wonderful person and so kind and generous. I'm grateful to have known her and spend time with...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Kristi Wiersema Zook - Normal, IL

“Our deepest sympathy to Jamey and family. Judy was a lovely, smart and kind women who made such a difference in so many peoples lives. She will be...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Galyn and Steve Barnum - Friend

“I too worked with Judy through her volunteer work at the Bird Sanctuary. She was dependable, friendly and knowledgable. Whenever Judy volunteered to...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Kimberly Ginn - Kalamazoo, MI

“I met Judy through her volunteering at the Bird Sanctuary and she will be so missed here. One of my fondest memories was when she would bring her...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa Duke - Friend

“Another amazing lady gone too soon. Kit, Tracy, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Heather (Vachon/Slayton) Chick

“I so enjoyed doing tours at the Bird Sanctuary and will miss her friendly nature. I found her to be kind, patient, knowledgeable and dedicated person...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Ashley

“I met Judy at the Bird Sanctuary, as a fellow tour guide. I loved her spirit and good nature and am saddened by her passing. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Randy Schau

“Dear Jamie and the Geary family,I'm sorry for your loss.I knew Judy through her association with my husband at Kellogg, but I would have welcomed a...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Frances Franklin - Marshall, MI

“Judy was remarkable. May wonderful memories easy your grief. I am so sorry. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Allen - Kalamazoo, MI

“I was saddened to hear that such a special person has died; I know you will miss her greatly. I tested positive for Covid today so I'll be home the...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Marti Wiersema - Richland, MI

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Tim Stamm

“Dear Jamie, I was so sorry to see the news of Judy's passing. It really meant a lot to me when you stopped by my father's visitation a few years ago...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Marilyn Leland - Friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Mother was a very special person and will missed by family and friends, our Love to your...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Linda and Russ Whitfield - MI

“This is the saddest news. Christina called me this morning to let me know. So many, many years (since 1966) and lovely memories. Besides summers...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Nash - Richland, WA

“I met Judy through her volunteer work at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. She was an advocate for environmental education and I loved brainstorming...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Kara Haas - Friend

“Judy and I have been friends since high school and enjoyed monthly lunches until a few months ago. Judy was a most wonderful friend. Great memories...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Rosalie Smith-Masters - Friend

“So sorry for her family. I have many great memories of Judy ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Gerry Aldridge - Eddyville, KY


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Judith Ellery (McHugh) Geary died June 19, 2022, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Judy was born October 4, 1945, in Highland Park, Michigan, the eldest child of Patrick Jerome "Jerry" and Barbara Jean (Smith) McHugh. Her family moved frequently in her early childhood, following her father's rise as an engineer in the automotive industry. She spent her high school years near Ann Arbor, graduating from University High School in 1963.

Judy followed her father and her mother's father into the University of Michigan College of Engineering when there were few women in engineering. She was the only woman in each of her engineering school classes. She was the first female student for many of her professors.

Judy was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. It was there where she met her husband, James H. "Jamie" Geary, who washed dishes at the sorority. Judy and Jamie were married on August 22, 1967, just before their senior years in undergraduate school. After Jamie started law school, he was drafted into the Army. Judy joined him in North Carolina and South Carolina. She taught science and girls' health for a semester.

Their daughter, Patricia Jean "Tracy" (Geary) Whitfield was born at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, on Christmas Day, 1970, to the delight of her paternal grandfather who was also born on Christmas Day and who claimed that a family member had been born on Christmas Day every other generation "all the way back to Jesus."
Judy and Jamie returned to Ann Arbor in 1971. Jamie finished law school in 1972. They moved to Portage, Michigan when Jamie took a job as a law clerk to a federal judge. Their son Christopher James "Kit" Geary was born on May 5, 1973.

Judy went to work for the Kellogg Company in 1977, starting as an industrial engineer. She progressed at Kellogg for 23 years, retiring in 2000 as Director of Corporate Technology. She earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Western Michigan University along the way. Judy traveled the world for both work and pleasure. She visited all the continents except for Antarctica. She visited New Zealand, China, and Africa with her husband, as well as many other places. She took extensive hiking and horseback riding vacations with friends. She was the best travel planner and planned active vacations but left plenty of time for leisure and good food. She was an avid runner, usually running more than three miles three days a week before her illness. The Alive and Running5K was her favorite race. She was athletic and played soccer until she was 65.

Judy was extraordinarily generous and kind. She supported many organizations and was very busy in her retirement years with numerous volunteer activities. She volunteered at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and led maple syrup tours at Kellogg Forest, a couple of her favorite activities. She was the president of the Kalamazoo County Mental Health board and believed passionately in helping others. She was a lifelong learner, earning her Master Gardener designation. She was an avid reader and rarely seen without a book in her down time.

Judy is survived by her husband Jamie of nearly 55 years, her children Tracy (Jason) Whitfield and Kit (Sarah) Geary, grandchildren Ellery and Sawyer, her sister Barbara and many special nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to one of her favorite organizations: W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, the Augusta McKay Library and Planned Parenthood.

Visitation will be at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel on Friday, June 24th, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.