Cape Coral, Florida
Judith “Judy” Eileen Barker Taylor DePugh was born May 5, 1947, in Columbus, Indiana, to Jesse Earl and Evelyn May (Lain) Barker. She passed on peacefully, with family by her side, on August 29, 2015, in Cape Coral, Florida, after a fierce 2½-year battle with ovarian cancer, at the age of 68.
She graduated from Hauser High School in 1965 and completed beauty school in preparation for a career. She married Don Taylor and had three daughters. While she did work out of the home in many smaller part-time capacities, she is best known as a teacher’s aide and secretary with the Flatrock-Hawcreek School Corporation from 1976 to 1991, her work at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce from 1998 to 2009, and as a Mary Kay consultant. She remarried to Arthur W. DePugh in 1992. She considered her true career that of being a homemaker and caring for her family. She lived in the Bartholomew County area most of her life before moving to Florida in 2010.
Judy loved the thrill of fast cars, particularly driving her 1986 Camero, the Indy Racing League, and the Indianapolis 500! She appreciated a good NFL football game and was an armchair cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts. She so dearly loved music and to sing, to cook, read, scrapbook, and greatly enjoyed making handmade cards.
Judy is survived by her daughters, Donju (Jeff) Taylor-Britton, Shaundra (Todd) Ramer, and Tascha (Pete)Tsakalis; grandchildren, Taylor Van Hoy, Maylee Van Hoy, and Ashton Ramer; two nieces; five great- nephews; and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Larry Barker; nephew, Chris Barker, and husband, Art DePugh.
Judy was a member of Southside Church of Christ in Fort Myers, Florida, for the past 5 years. She had also been a member of the Church of Christ in Cadillac, Michigan, Danville, Illinois, Pikes Peak and Columbus, Indiana. She was certain in her belief in God and Jesus Christ as her Savior. She loved her church families.
A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at Barkes Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with Rich Gant officiating. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to time of service Saturday. A separate Celebration of Life service will be held in Florida at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County, Florida. Her daughters would like to thank Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral and her home hospice team for their compassionate care in Judy’s final weeks.
Judy’s final resting place will be with her husband and parents at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana, immediately following her service and all are welcome.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Judy’s family at barkesweaverglick.com.