Judy Neie Turnage


Judy passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday morning January 15, 2021.

Service Information: A “Celebration of Life” is planned for Spring.

Judy  was born in Austin, TX October 3, 1945 to Gaylord Neie and Marcelle Hendricks Neie. She grew up in Bruceville-Eddy, TX, with her 6 brothers and sisters. She was a cheerleader, twirler and was homecoming queen. She graduated in 1963 from Bruceville-Eddy High School.

Judy married Ronnie Turnage August 1965, later divorced in 1993. They had one daughter, Keri Turnage Griffin.

She worked for 33+ years for the Texas Farm Bureau. In 2000, she retired and moved to Lake Sam Rayburn, to be near her sister, Vicki Neie Reichle and her husband, Michael. She lived there 5 years enjoying her lifelong dream of “taking it easy”. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and reading. She loved being near her sister and made good friends along the way. She then headed to Whitney, TX, this time to be near her older sister, Linda Neie Niemeier and her husband. Again, a dream to fish, play cards, hit the road for a casino trip, spend time gardening and being nearer to her daughter.

In 2012, Judy made her last move to be with her only child, Keri and her husband, Ken, whom she thought of as a son and great friend, to live in Axtell, TX. The decision was an easy one. There she could help out and spend time and be close to her family. She enjoyed the outdoors, helping out with the goats, and having some of the prettiest flowers. Bird watching and kid watching were some of her favorite things to do, as long as it was above 75 degrees and sunny, of course. She adored her grandchildren, Kailey Elaine Griffin Garza, who shares her middle name and Zakary Griffin. She was just “Ninny” to them. She was so proud of them both and loved them beyond words. As for her great-grandchildren, Aubree Griffin and Grayson Garza, words can’t describe the love she felt for them. The love of those children kept her young at heart. They kept her here and happy till the good lord brought her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Barbara, and brother, Bufford.

She is survived by sisters, Linda and Vicki; brothers, Ray and Craig; daughter, Keri and son-in-law Ken; grandchildren, Kailey Griffin Garza and husband Joe, and Zakary Griffin; great-grandchildren, Aubree Griffin and Grayson Garza, and many loved nieces and nephews.



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Condolence Messages

  1. Baylor Scott & White Hospice

    Dear Keri and Family,
    The Baylor Scott & White Hospice team would like to extend to you our deepest sympathy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Vicki R Reichle

    You were such an inspiration to me as I was growing up. The best big sister anyone could have. I love and miss you so much already. We will be together again, giggling, fishing, gardening and just having a good ole time.
    Love always, Vicki

  3. Condolences to your family Judy. I know they will miss you. I’m glad you enjoyed your retirement and later years
    fishing and enjoying family. We both worked 33+ years forTFB. It was definitely an experience as I’m sure you
    would agree.

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