September 30, 1964 ~ November 23, 2019
Judith Caroline Green Graham, 55, Libby, passed away on the morning of November 23, 2019, of complications from a heart attack. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 7, at Libby Christian Church, 100 Kootenai River Road, Libby.
Judy was born on September 30th, 1964 at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, to Carl Green and Wanda Bergstrom.
In 1966, the family moved to Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. When Judy was five, the family moved to Opheim, Montana. Her parents later divorced and her mom married Graydon “Bub” Edwards in 1971. The family now included Judy and her brother, Brad, and Bub’s children; Ronald, Alan, Randy and LeRae.
Judy was especially close and spent much of her time at her beloved grandparents Norton and Hazel Bergstrom’s farm.
Judy was a standout basketball player for her Opheim Vikings. After graduating in 1982, she accepted a scholarship to continue her basketball career, playing for Northern Montana College (MSU Northern) in Havre.
While at college, she met her “hunka, hunka” Jay Graham, and following her graduation from Northern, they were wed June 28, 1986 at the Methodist Church in Opheim, Montana.
They lived in Havre for five more years where Judy worked as an aide while Jay taught. It was during this time that their two boys were born, Jacob and Justin.
In 1990 the family moved to Libby, where Jay taught until his retirement and Judy continued her love and passion of teaching until her passing.
Judy was known as the “Kool-Aid Mom.” Between her love of her boys and her Libby Loggers, she was usually found working for the Booster Club or on the sidelines with some ridiculous noisemaker she had made.
She won Bullette of the Woods during Logger Days seven years in row; each time donating her winnings to the Logger Wrestling Club. A lot of singlets were bought because of Mama Graham! Judy was the ultimate coach’s wife, cooking team dinners and supporting her husband and boys in every possible way.
She loved helping all the athletes; from raising money for a new weight room to feeding them in the stands, she truly loved her Loggers!
Her love and passion for the boys’ sports poured into her teaching once they graduated. Beginning a new educational endeavor in 2015 for her pre-kindergarten endorsement, she made the move to the Plummer School in Idaho. Her passion for shaping the little minds of her students was a beautiful thing to witness. She always went the extra mile to ensure they were taken care of, whether that was buying a coat or pair of boots or simply just giving them some extra love. Her radiant smile and power of positivity could brighten anyone’s day.
Spending time with her new grand-baby or floating on the river, she loved and lived life to fullest. Mrs. Judy was the ultimate teacher, mentor, friend, daughter, aunt, grandma, mother and wife; she will be forever missed.
Judy is survived by her husband Jay Graham, sons Justin (Caitlyn) Graham, and Jacob (Crystal) Graham, granddaughter Everly Graham, all of Libby, mother Wanda Edwards, Opheim, Montana, siblings Ronald (Penny) Edwards, Lebanon, Oregon, Alan (Sue) Edwards, Aurora, Colorado, Randy Edwards, Opheim, Montana, and LeRae Sutton, Enumclaw, Washington, sister-in-law Dodi Green, Wild Rose, North Dakota, aunt Dori Leuing, Simi Valley, California, brother-in-law Jack Graham and mother in law Judy Lundstrom, both of Libby, nieces and nephews Morgan, Mary, Josh and Joel and multiple other extended family members, relatives, and friends. She also leaves behind her furry family Ducky, Ziva and Goose.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Green, 2004, step-father for 48 years, Graydon “Bub” Edwards, 2019, brother Brad Green, 2010, grandparents Norton and Hazel Bergstrom, uncle Donald Borgen and in laws Carl Lundstrom IV and Ada Graham.
Judy loved all of her kids, whether they were hers or just students. She believed in everyone having a chance and to continue her passion you can donate to the Ronald McDonald House or simply buy a book or school supplies and send them to Central Office, 724 Louisiana Ave., Libby, MT 59923.
Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.