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Judy Kay Wester

July 18, 1941 - Feb. 7, 2020

Judy Kay (Payne) Wester was born to Katheryn Beatrice (London) and Walker Fred Payne on July 18, 1941, in Okemah, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of their 15 children. God called Judy home on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the age of 78 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

She attended elementary and high school at Excelsior in Seminole County.

On Nov. 7, 1960, Judy married Willie Joe Wester of Pharoah, Oklahoma. They resided in California, Arkansas, Texas,and most recently in Oklahoma.

Born to this union were two children, Dale and Lance.

Judy was a faithful wife of nearly 60 years and a devoted mother.

After the boys were grown, she worked at Mensor LP for 12 years and then retired.

One of her favorite pastimes was volunteering at Central Texas Medical Center, where she served for 15 years.

Judy enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and friends. She was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed.

Judy is survived by her husband Joe of Checotah, Okla.; son Dale Wester and wife Machella of Republic, Mo.; son Lance Wester and wife Carol of Staples, Texas; grandchildren Rebecca, Dylan, and Natalie; and great-grandchildren Grace and Laura. Survivors include one sister and three brothers: Nova Collier of Midwest City, Okla.; Doug Payne of Mead, Okla.; Patrick Payne and wife Debbie of Shawnee, Okla.; and Richard Payne and wife Jerrie of Duncan, Okla..

She also leaves behind many other family members and friends. Judy was predeceased by her parents and six sisters: Gladys Collins, Lucille Myers, Willa Faye Roman, Jo Dean Thomas, El Reno Kinslow and Mary Neal Robinson.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Woodrow Payne, Warren Payne, Bob Payne and Jim Payne.

Visitation at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Okemah will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, 301 North Third Street, Okemah, Okla.

Burial will follow at Likowski Community Cemetery in Pharoah, Oklahoma.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home and officiated by Tim Allen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at

McIntosh County Democrat

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