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Judy Diane Collins

December 16, 1947 — June 12, 2023

Ronan

Judy D. Lockwood Jackson Collins, age 75, beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt died surrounded by loved ones, on June 12, 2023, in Seattle WA; due to strokes directly after surgery to remove a tumor in her inner ear and against her brain.

Judy was born December 16, 1947, in Ronan to Don and Mary Jane Lockwood. She was the third of four girls. The Lockwood sisters were tight knit, remaining each other’s best friends always. She attended school in Ronan. She was a brownie and was active in GAA and FHA in High School.

In 1964, she married her High School sweetheart, John Jackson. John built their house on Round Butte Hill shortly after and Judy made this her home all the rest of her days. She raised her children on fresh milk she milked, eggs she gathered, bread and baked goods she baked, beef and garden veggies they grew, wild game they hunted and love that knew no boundaries. For Forty years she ranched alongside John. Haying, irrigating, branding, herding, bottle feeding, warming calves, you name it, she did it. In 1985 she began working at the Pablo School as the lunch cashier, as well as a paraprofessional, working there for almost 30 years.

When John died in 2005 of pancreatic cancer, Judy’s outlook on life faltered. Fortunately, she and Jack Collins, a dear friend to John, found fun and love once again. They were married in 2008 and had just celebrated 15 years of marriage. They attended home Griz games, car shows, camped and traveled some. She got to see and do things she never had.

Judy will be remembered lovingly for her bright smile, crafty talent, quick wit, love of family and gatherings, tasty cooking and baking, her flowers and garden and her love of camping and outdoors.  She was a champion cribbage player, and leg wrestler, beating some of her grandchildren, in both! Her humorous and giving nature will be greatly missed. These things and many more have been instilled in her children and grandchildren for sure. She loved to follow the grandkids’ activities and continued to follow the great grandkids all she could.

Judy was welcomed into heaven by her loved ones gone before her, especially her parents Don and Jane Lockwood, her angel babes Johna and Shawn, her husband John, angel grandbabies Nathan and Hope, granddaughter Cassandra, daughter-in-law Jaci, stepson Chris, and many more family and friends.

Left on Earth to carry on her memory is her husband Jack, Daughters Pamela (Mark) Clary, Sandra (Keoki) LopezdeVictoria, Son Andy, Stepdaughter Krystal (Brian) Piedalue, Stepson David, grandchildren Monty (Abigail) Harris, Michelle (Jacob) Sharbono, Brett Harris, JD LopezdeVictoria, Twilynn (Maliki) Caye, Lane and Eli Jackson, great grandchildren, Lilly, Aubrey, Ryan, Ella, Wyatt, Colby, Carter, William, Ryleigh, Oriah, and Runa, step grandchildren Austin, Blake, Sara, RJ, Catherine, Shane and Jessica and a step great grandchild Mila, her sisters Deleen (Larry) Winters, Charlene (Sam) Barber, Peg (Allen) Sloan, her brother-in-law Lloyd (Sally) Jackson and numerous other family and friends, far too many to list.

A Celebration of Judy’s life will be held at the Round Butte Women’s Clubhouse on June 29, 2023, at 4:00 pm. There will be light refreshments. A private gathering will be held later to scatter her remains on the beloved hill where she lived most of her life.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Mountain time)

Round Butte Club House

, Ronan, MT 59864

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