On August 17th, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Judith “Judy” Sue Hatfield, 69, of Bedford, IN, passed away peacefully with her sons by her side, each of them holding her hand.
Judy was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Hartke, her birth father, James Parker, her adopted father, James Hartke, her sister, Pamela Krikie and her nephew, Andrew Krikie.
Judy is survived by her sons, Timothy Hatfield and Paul Hatfield; her sister, Francie Roy; her nieces Angie Allen and Brianna Roy; her nephews Mark Krikie and J. J. Roy, and her grandchildren: Quincy, Xavier and Tatiana Hatfield.
Judy grew up in Mattoon and Neoga, Illinois with 8 years of Catholic grade school in Mattoon and 4 years of high school in Neoga, graduating with honors in 1970.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1974 at U of I, Champaign/Urbana in Social Welfare and in 1993 earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana.
She spent most of her adult life working in healthcare in Bedford and Indianapolis, Indiana. With the heart of a social worker, she was a passionate advocate for human rights. She loved without judgement and took joy in empowering others.
To know her was to love her. She loved the color purple, suns, stars, moons, children, sunflowers, math, and music. Most of all, Judy dearly loved her friends and family. She was small and petite with a big and warm personality. Judy laughed loudly and hugged tightly. She will be greatly missed and forever cherished by all.
On October 15, 2022, from 10-11:30 am, there will be a Celebration of Life visitation at The Neoga Municipal Building, in Neoga, IL followed by a gravesite service at the Neoga Cemetery and a reception for all attendees back at The Neoga Municipal Building.