On January 12, 1943, a beautiful force of nature named Judith Ann was born to Ed and Nora Willson in Buffalo, NY. The highlight of Judy's youth was the annual trip to the family cottage at Turkey Point, Ontario with her sisters, Brenda and Nora; and lifelong friend, Missy.
When Judy was a student at Canton College, she met Eugene Christopher. Gene married his "Gypsy Jude" on September 24, 1966, and they were inseparable for nearly 47 years. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Darrick and David. Gene and Judy logged a lot of miles over the years, especially enjoying time spent in Italy and Florida.
Judy was born in the city but was a country girl at heart and adopted Gene's hometown as her own. Albion benefited from Judy's herculean work ethic and whirlwind of energy for over forty years. Judy was the first woman to serve on Albion's Town Council, founded Phoenix Fitness and started the Phoenix 5K at the Strawberry Festival, picked apples at Kirby Farms, was a certified personal trainer, served on the Swan library board and was President of the Albion Service Club to support Arnold Gregory Hospital. She helped found the Albion Teen Center, ran the roads as an Avon Lady, founded and was the quality maven behind Four Cs Marina, was a proud Rotarian, and the list goes on.
Family meant everything to Judy, and she devoted her life to the love and caring of her husband, sons, grandchildren, sisters, and large extended family. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Nora Willson; and is survived by her husband, Gene of Albion; sons, Darrick (Beth) of Broomfield, CO and David (Lisa) of Albion; grandchildren, Chloe, Sam, Sophie, Ryan, Grayson, and Brayden; sisters, Brenda Palmer of Denver, Nora (Michael) McArdle of Pittsford; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.