Judith Kern (Martin) Graham, 70, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Memorial service: noon Friday, Nov. 30, at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the church. Judy's family requests that casual clothes be worn. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
She is survived by her daughters, Jenny (Marcus) Hayes of Marion and Kimberly (Timothy) Kennedy of Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren, Cian, Lochlann "Lucky" and Adelaide Hayes, and Norah and Fiona "Fifi" Kennedy; former spouse, John Graham; cousins, Monica Lewis and George (Thiry) Kern; and many friends.
Born July 3, 1948, in Des Moines, Judy was adopted by Myles and Helen (Kern) Martin. She graduated from Washington High School in 1966. She went on to receive her teaching credentials from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI). She married John Graham in 1973; they later divorced.
Judy was a very active physical education teacher in Edgewood, Iowa, paraprofessional at Prairie schools, and aquatics director at a couple of YMCAs. She took the additional training needed to become the first female safety officer at the Eastern Iowa Airport. Judy was the past head coach for Coe College volleyball and coached her club volleyball team for many years. "Flipper," as she was called, still spent summers giving swimming lessons.
A member of the Chrome Divas, Judy enjoyed riding her motorcycle. She also was a founding member of Echo Hill Presbyterian, where she served as an elder and choir member. She loved her family, teaching and helping others with support and love.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Evelyn Hayes; and pet family, Boomer and Maggie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Judy's honor may be directed to Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Prairie School Foundation or the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
Please share your support and memories with Judy's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.