Judith Caroline Green Graham passed away on the morning of Nov. 23, 2019, of complications from a heart attack.
Judy was born Sept. 30, 1964, at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif., to Carl Green and Wanda Bergstrom.
In 1966, the family moved to Omaha, Neb., to Offutt Air Force Base. When Judy was five, the family moved to Opheim, Mont. Her parents later divorced and her mom married Graydon “Bub” Edwards in 1971. The family now included Judy and her brother, Brad, and Bub’s children: Ronald, Alan, Randy and LeRae. Judy was especially close to her beloved grandparents, Norton and Hazel Bergstrom, and spent much of her time at their farm.
Judy was a standout basketball player for the Opheim Vikings. After graduating in 1982, she accepted a scholarship to continue her basketball career, playing for Northern Montana College (MSU Northern) in Havre.
While at college, she met her “hunka, hunka,” Jay Graham. Following her graduation, they were wed June 28, 1986, at the Methodist Church in Opheim. They lived in Havre for five more years, where Judy worked as an aide while Jay taught. It was during this time that their two boys, Jacob and Justin, were born. In 1990 the family moved to Libby where Jay taught until his retirement, and Judy continued her love and passion of teaching until her passing.
Judy was known as the “Kool-Aid Mom,” between her love of her boys and her Libby Loggers, she was usually found working for the Booster Club or on the sidelines with some ridiculous noisemaker she had made. She won the Bullette of the Woods during Logger Days seven years in row. Each time she donated her winnings to the Logger Wrestling Club. A lot of singlets were bought because of Mama Graham.
Judy was the ultimate coach’s wife, cooking team dinners and supporting her husband and boys in every possible way. She loved helping all the athletes. From raising money for a new weight room to feeding them in the stands, she truly loved her Loggers.
Her love and passion for the boys’ sports poured into her teaching once they graduated. Beginning a new educational endeavor in 2015 for the Pre-Kindergarten endorsement, she made the move to the Plummer School for pre-K. Her passion for shaping the little minds of her students was beautiful to behold. She always went the extra mile to ensure they were taken care of, whether that was buying a coat or pair of boots, or simply just giving them some extra love. Her radiant smile and power of positivity could brighten anyone’s day.
Spending time with her new grandbaby or floating on the river, she loved and lived life to fullest. Mrs. Judy was the ultimate teacher, mentor, friend, daughter, aunt, grandma, mother and wife. She will be forever missed.
Judy is survived by her husband Jay Graham; sons Justin (Caitlyn) Graham and Jacob (Crystal) Graham of Libby; and granddaughter Everly Graham of Libby. She also is survived by her mother, Wanda Edwards of Opheim; siblings Ronald (Penny) Edwards of Lebanon, Ore., Alan (Sue) Edwards of Aurora, Colo., Randy Edwards of Opheim, LeRae Sutton of Enumclaw, Wash.; sister-in-law Dodi Green of Wild Rose, N.D.; Aunt Dori Leuing of Semi Valley, Calif.; brother-in-law Jack Graham of Libby; mother-in-law Judy Lundstrom of Libby; nieces and nephews Morgan, Mary, Josh and Joel; and multiple other extended family members, relatives and friends. She also leaves behind her furry family Ducky, Ziva and Goose.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Green (2004), stepfather for 48 years, Graydon “Bub” Edwards (2019), brother-Brad Green (2010), grandparents Norton and Hazel Bergstrom, Uncle Donald Borgen, in-laws Carl Lundstrom, IV, and Ada Graham.
Judy loved all of her kids, whether they were hers or just students. She believed in everyone having a chance. To continue her passion, you can donate to the Ronald McDonald House (https://rmhcinlandnw.org/donate/) or simply buy a book or school supplies and send them to Central Office, 724 Louisiana Ave., Libby, Montana, 59923.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Dec. 7 at the Libby Christian Church. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.