Judy Lynn (Franze) Winn
June 16, 1947 - June 14, 2019
Judy Lynn (Franze) Winn died on Friday, June 14, 2019 at her home in Bryan.
Judy was born June 16, 1947 to Reynold F. (Sonny) Franze and Betty Jean (Alfonte) Franze in Bryan, TX. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School where she was a top student, choir member, twirler, and drum major of the Bronco Band. Judy earned her B.A. degree Summa Cum Laude in English from Southwestern University and, later, her Master of Arts degree in English from Texas A&M University.
In 1969, Judy married Ron Winn. They were blessed with two children and three grandchildren. This year, Ron and Judy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the beautiful beaches of Grand Cayman with all their family by their side.
Judy enjoyed a long and internationally recognized professional career as an editor, managing editor, and communications leader in the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences. She retired from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as Professor and Educational Publishing Manager.
A deeply spiritual woman, Judy was an extremely active member and leader in the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church family. She sang in the choir, served on the Vestry, participated in Daughters of the King, served as President of the Episcopal Church Women, and taught Sunday School. Her strong sense of empathy and love for children led her to become one of the first and most dedicated Court Appointed Special Advocates with Voices for Children. As a CASA, Judy helped over 21 abused and neglected children to find safe and loving homes.
Judy's love for her community was also evidenced by service on the Arts Council board, Brazos Valley Symphony board, St. Michael's School board, City of Bryan Building Standards Commission, and many other endeavors. Her love of music led her to sing for many years with the Brazos Valley Chorale.
Judy loved spending time outdoors in God's creation. She was an avid birdwatcher and enjoyed participating in an annual "Bird Count" event. She also took great joy in caring for the beautiful flowers and plants in her yard, as well as working with her father and husband in the family vegetable garden which has fed four generations.
Surviving Judy and forever cherishing her memory are: husband Ron Winn; son Andy Winn and daughter-in-law Karen; daughter Katy Winn Ellison and son-in-law Justin; grandsons Harrison Winn, Matthew Winn, and James Ellison; brother Mark Franze and sister-in-law Debbie; sister-in-law Kathy Winn Strain and husband Roger; three nieces, two nephews, and three cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sonny and Betty Franze.
A visitation will be held at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. A funeral service will be celebrated at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Historic Downtown Bryan at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, because of Judy's tremendous love for and devotion to the welfare of all God's children, the family requests you consider a donation in Judy's memory to Voices for Children in Bryan, TX.