Marion Ethel Stafford was born March 21, 1920 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to Henry Isaiah and Mary Caroline Stafford. She lived in Canada with her three sisters until their mother’s death in 1926. After her mother’s death, she and two of her sisters moved to Carpenter, South Dakota to live with her Aunt Gussie and Uncle Jim St. John. Marion graduated from Willow Lake High School. She moved to Sioux Falls, attending Sioux Falls College and later South Dakota State University in Brookings where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics.
While attending SDSU, Marion met and married Raymond Judy on July 20, 1941. They made their first home in Chester, SD. Their lives changed abruptly with the onset of war in December of 1941. Raymond was sent overseas to serve in the military and Marion returned to SDSU to complete her college degree. After graduation, she taught high school for one year in Willow Lake and then moved to Los Angeles, California where she was employed by the Challenge Creamery.
After the war ended, the young couple returned to Raymond’s home in Forestburg, SD where they began their family. They were blessed with five children: Ann Marie, Nancy Ellen, Janice Kay, Mark Evan, and Lois Belle. Marion stayed home to raise the children, first at their small home in Forestburg and later in a home they built on the Judy family homestead.
In the summer of 1957, all four Stafford sisters were reunited for the first time in 31 years during a reunion at the Judy home. As her family grew, she relished her role as grandmother and great-grandmother. Marion enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, sewing, knitting, playing card games, and reading. She was active in her church, First Presbyterian in Forestburg, and later Endeavor Presbyterian in Fedora. Marion also maintained a National Weather Service Station on the farm in Forestburg, a Judy family tradition that lasted well over 100 years.
The enjoyed traveling to many locations in the United States and abroad, and for several years spent the winter in Arizona. When she was 81, she visited Normandy, France where Raymond had participated in the D-Day invasion. In 2008, she traveled to her childhood home on Nootka Island, British Columbia with her family.
She is survived by her children: Ann Schellpfeffer (Don) of Sioux Falls, Nancy Hinker (Leonard) of Fedora, Mark Judy (Deb) of Blue Grass, Iowa, and Lois Quam (Dick) of Huron; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, her sisters Margaret Stevenson of Pender Island, British Columbia and Mary Tidemann, Wichita, Kansas, and 12 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her infant daughter Janice Kay, her sister Ruth Lewno, 3 brothers-in-law, and a nephew.