Judy Faye Spear Newman

Posted 6/26/24

Judy Faye Spear Newman, 86, of Aberdeen, SD passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at Angelhaus.

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Judy Faye Spear Newman


Judy Faye Spear Newman, 86, of Aberdeen, SD passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at Angelhaus.

   A Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2024, at Schriver’s Memorial Chapel, Aberdeen, with Pastor Mike Waldrop of Aldersgate Church officiating.

   Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery following the service.

   A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow the burial at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.

   Visitation will be one hour before the service. In a show of love and support for the Alzheimer's community and those who care for them, the family would like to extend an invitation to wear something purple.

   Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Ave. NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com. Services will be recorded and posted on Schriver’s website following the service.

   Judy Spear was born January 9, 1938, in Redfield, SD, to Albert C. and Bonnie (Stucker) Spear. Her family farmed near Turton, SD and she graduated from Redfield High School in 1957. She then attended Northern State Teachers College for a semester for general studies.

   Judy was united in marriage to Merlin Newman on March 8, 1958, and from this union came four children: Monte, Melody, Michele and Merit.

   Most of the early years of Judy’s married life were spent in Yankton, SD where she was a wonderful homemaker and managed her beloved Judy’s Hallmark Store. She was the face and the heart of that store, and it was her pride and joy to be part of that business for so many years. In 1981 job opportunities later took Judy and her family to Omaha, NE, where they lived for 35 years. Judy was a wonderful seamstress, and she spent some of her time in Omaha volunteering at the Methodist Church in a quilting group for several years. Judy was also an avid reader and movie watcher and continued that hobby throughout her life. They moved to Aberdeen in 2016 to be closer to family and enjoyed reuniting with family and friends until Alzheimer’s took her memories away.

   Judy is survived by her children Monte Newman of Omaha, NE, Melody Newman, and Michele (Mike) Newman Perrizo both of Aberdeen, SD, and Merit (Lorie) Newman of Hershey, NE; grandchildren; Meghan (Tim Buus) Perrizo of Hazel, SD, Grace (Dana) Howle of Greenfield, IN, Andre Navarrete of Columbus, NE, Mariah (Josh) MacKay of San Antonio, TX, and Marissa (Devin) Altwine of Normal, IL; seven great-grandchildren: Anna Buus, Jared Buus, Sullivan Howle, Nathaniel Navarrete, Natalie Navarrete, Logan MacKay, and Eli MacKay; two sisters: Bonnie (Ken) Burtch of Sulphur Springs, TX and Sue (Charlie) Esser of Harrisburg, SD; three sisters-in-law: Karon Spear of Amarillo, TX, Marlis Freeburg and Marion Dring both of Redfield, SD; and brother-in-law, Milton (Devonna) Newman of Mina, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

   Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin; parents; sisters: Maxine Norlin, Jean Hinsley, and Shirley Anderson; brothers: Carroll Spear, Ronald “Skipper” Spear, and Rob Spear; sister-in-law, Phyllis Spear; brothers-in-law: Alan Norlin, Harry Hinsley, Dale Anderson, and Dean Russman; mother and father-in-law David and Gladys Newman; brothers-in-law: Melvin Newman, Maurice Newman, Robert Freeburg, Harold Olson, Russell Dring, and Marvin Newman; as well as sisters-in-law Melva Olson, Dorinne Newman and Joyce Newman; nieces and nephews: Tammy Anderson, Ron Anderson, Mike Spear, David Spear, Roxann Newman, and Jim Freeburg.

   Judy’s family would like to recognize and send their most sincere gratitude to the wonderful caregivers of Angelhaus and Avera Hospice for their amazing love and care of their mom. Your compassion and excellent care were such a comfort to Judy and her family through her years of Alzheimer’s Disease. Memorials can be made to the family, or to either of these wonderful organizations in her name.