Obituary: Judith “Judy” Gootee

April 12, 1944 – June 19, 2022

Judith “Judy” Gootee, 78, of Bedford, passed away June 19, 2022, at Ascension St.Vincent Hospital in Evansville.  

Born April 12, 1944, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Marshall Abel and Mary (Fish) Abel.  She married Carl R. Gootee on June 8, 1968, who preceded her in death on April 28, 2022.

Judy was a graduate of Shawswick High School with the class of 1962 and managed Rusty’s West End and the Three Pigs Restaurant.  She was also a North Lawrence Community School bus driver for Shawswick School and Bedford Junior High School. She was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Surviving to cherish the memory of Judy is her son, Scott (Vanessa) Gootee of Gulf Breeze, FL; her daughter, Emily Eagan of Bedford; daughter-in-law, Bethany Godsey-Gootee of Bedford; grandchildren, Dillon (Kennedy) Eagan, Katlyn Eagan, Marissa Gootee, Ashlyn Eagan, AmandaGootee, Wilder Gootee, River Gootee, and Lexi Gootee; three brothers, Gene (Kerri) Abel, Jerry (Janice) Abel and Rusty Abel; along with several nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl in April; and her son, Eric Gootee, in 2017.

Judy was a very loving, hardworking woman who was always there for her family and friends. She loved spending time with her grandkids and family, going mushroom hunting, and playing and watching sports.

The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. on June 28, 2022, with a Memorial Mass for Judy Gootee at 11:00 a.m. all at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford.  Fr. Randall Summers, Deacon Dave Reising, and Deacon Tom Scarlett will officiate. Following the Mass, a Celebration of Life will be held at the K of C Hall in Bedford. A private burial will be held later at the Covey Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul School Guardian Angel Fund in memory of Judy Gootee. Contributions may be made by phone at 812-275-6539 or by mailing a check to 1723 I Street, Bedford, IN 47421.

Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Gootee.

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