The family will have a memorial service in June, 2012, for Judy in Albert City.
Margaret Judith Katter was born on Oct. 9, 1915, at Garner, to Alvin and Fern (Peck) Katter. She received her education at Garner and graduated from the Garner High School. She continued her education at the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, where she received her teaching certificate. Judy was on her way to a teaching interview for a country school west of Albert City when she and her mother stopped in Albert City. She was interviewed by the Albert City school system and offered a teaching position there in 1935. In 1937, Judy was united in marriage to Earl B. Nelson at the end of the school year. They resided in Albert City until 1977, when they retired to Green Valley, Ariz. Judy returned to make her home in Albert City in 1984 following Earl's death in 1980.
She enjoyed her activities at the Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City, participating in the church choir, Bible studies and circle meetings. Judy also enjoyed writing in her daily journal, singing all music, birding, and hiking. Her backyard squirrel's antics were always good amusement for her while she lived in her home.
Judy is lovingly remembered by her family which include her daughters: Sigrid and her husband, Phil, Compton of Katy, Texas, and Judith and her husband, Fred, Dippold of Portland, Ore., her grandchildren: Douglas (Caryl) Compton, Pauline (Robert) Hayden, and Curtis (Cindy) Compton, her great grandchildren: Ciara Compton, Megan, Nicole and Olivia Hayden and Mallory, Philip, and Patrick Compton, all who reside in Texas. She has numerous nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial in Judy's honor may be given to the Albert City Historical Society, the Albert City Library, or Our Savior's Lutheran Church.