Judy K. (Pirochta) Elliott, age 70 of Lansing, formerly of Owosso went to be with her dad Thursday, May 21, 2020 surrounded by her family. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 West Willow Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917. The Reverend Father John P. Klein will celebrate. The Rite of Committal immediately following at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 4444 West Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906.
Judy was born November 5, 1949 in Owosso, the daughter of Stanley and Cecelia (Nelson) Pirochta. Judy married C. Gordon Elliott on January 6, 1968 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso, Michigan. They resided and raised their three children in Lansing, Michigan. She was a faithful member for over 47 years at St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lansing.
Judy was a dedicated wife, daughter, mom grandma and friend but her family always came first. Judy and Gordon had many friends they enjoyed sharing a meal with or laying cards. She traveled to Black Powder Nationals every June and September with her husband enjoying camping with their friend and sometimes even volunteering on the range. (Many may not know this, but she was a pretty darn good shot herself)
Judy loved her mom continuing to help in any way she could whether it be bus trips to the casino or monthly Local UAW meetings. She lived to support and be there for her children and grandchildren including school and extracurricular events. She very much enjoyed volunteering, teaching catechism for years, was a girl scout leader, boy scout leader, field trip chaperone, baking for others, babysitting, and seemed to thrive in what others saw as a chaotic life.
Her time with her girlfriends was enjoyed on a bowling league whether it be her Friday night out or a morning league one day a week. She adored her best friend of 47 years Jo Olney and her family she loved as her own.
As her children got older, she loved being a District AVON manager for 35 years running sales meetings, adding to her AVON family new sales representatives, and always sharing exciting new products.
Judy was a beautiful free spirit with a huge heart, beautiful smile, and contagious laugh. She was a great listener. Judy loved people and people loved her.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Cecil Gordon; daughter, Leianne Taylor; two sons, Christopher (Cindy) Elliott; Nicholas (Richelle) Elliott; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her mom, Cecelia Pirochta; brothers, Thomas (Lynn) Pirochta; Larry (Terri) Pirochta; Kevin (Craig) Pirochta, her sisters-in-law, Nancy Kindell, Nannette Stewart many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Although Judy will be greatly missed, if you were lucky enough to be a part of her life, let us remember on this day to celebrate those special memories and the way she touched each one of our lives.
Our heartfelt thank you to the Heartland Hospice team for all the love, support and comfort that they gave Judy and her family to prepare her for her journey to eternal life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice, 865 S. Cedar Street, Mason, MI 48854.
The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.