Judy McKenney Ryburn

Judy McKenney Ryburn, 80, of Monticello passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019, at her home in Monticello. She was born June 3, 1939, in Monticello to the late William Ray McKenney and Nora Lee McDaniel McKenney. She was the oldest of two daughters and grew up in Monticello where she graduated from Monticello High School and attended Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello). 

Judy was a mother of three and JuJu to her four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was a homemaker in both earlier and later years. She had a wonderful knowledge of antiques and owned antique shops in both Natchez, Miss. and Monticello over the years. 

She was also previously employed at The Spinning Wheel and Seasons Florist in Monticello. Judy was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Monticello and a life member of the Monticello Junior Auxiliary. 

Judy was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kay McKenney Hyatt.

Survivors include her three children, Bennie Franklin (Carita) Ryburn, Angelia Dawn Ryburn and Ray Morrison Ryburn, all of Monticello; four grandchildren, Anna Blace Barron (Ryan) Maxwell of Cabot, and Morrison Barron Stephens, Halley Alyse Ryburn and Madison Ann Ryburn, all of Monticello; three great-grandchildren, Hudson Thomas Maxwell and Rhett William Maxwell, both of Cabot, and Montgomery Macleod Stephens of Monticello. The family would also like to thank Mrs. Ryburn’s faithful caregivers, Nettie Gardner, Nancy Allen, Jacqualine Woodard, Marilyn Jones, Demetria Taylor and Debra Ingram.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lori Fallon officiating. Family visitation will be held one hour prior to service time Thursday. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. 

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main Street Monticello 71655. 

Online guestbook: stephensondearman.com.

(Paid obituary)

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