Judy Gams Workman


(January 27, 2003)

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell for Judy Gams Workman, who died from complications of diabetes Monday, Jan. 27 at her Lovell home. She was 62.

She was born in Lovell Jan. 2, 1941, to John and Hermina Miller Gams and grew up on the family farm near Kane. She attended school in Lovell.

She married Don C. Kelley in Lovell on May 25, 1957. The couple had four children. After her husband's death in 1969, she managed Kelley Construction Co. and owned and operated the airport in Escalante, Utah, for several years.

She and her children moved back to Lovell in 1974. She married William W. Workman in Lovell on Aug. 2, 1975. Together they had a combined family of nine children, with seven teenagers at the same time.

She worked at several businesses as a bookkeeper, a flagger for construction companies and a cook. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Wyoming Fiddler's Association. She loved to quilt, sew and camp in the Big Horn Mountains.

Survivors include her children, Karen Addison of Lovell, Kacee Kelley of Ragan, Neb., Karol (Jim) Cavanaugh of Ragan, Neb., Larry (Andrea) Workman of Shepherd, Mont., Mike (Sue) Workman of Missoula, Mont., Rodney (Susan) Workman of Lovell, William (Toni) Workman of Morrill, Neb., Aaron (Stacey) Workman of Lovell and Ernest (Laura) Workman of Cowley; her mother, Hermina Miller Gams of Lovell; her brother, John (Sylvia) Gams of Cowley; her sisters, Jan (Lloyd) Franks of Manderson, Joyce (Terry) Lohrenz of Fishtail, Mont., Ginger (Dennis) Cooper of California City, Calif., Jerri (Leonard) Torczon of Powell; 29 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don C. Kelley; her husband, William W. Workman; her daughter, Kathryn Kim Kelley; her granddaughter, Kozan Kim Cavanaugh; and her father, John Gams.

Burial will be in the Lovell Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.