Judy Ruth Rose Semrad
Katy - A talented writer and vibrant intellect, Judy Ruth Rose Semrad died May 23, 2021 in Katy, Texas, at age 75, while surrounded by family.
Judy was recently preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. David Lynn Semrad, and in previous years by her parents, Naomi Ruth Weiss Silvy and Raymond Edward Rose.
Judy grew up in Enid, Cushing, Tulsa, Skiatook, Ponca City and Stillwater, Oklahoma; Hopewell, Virginia; and Indianapolis and Greensburg, Indiana. She especially cherished her days at Ponca City High School, where she was a cheerleader, played the clarinet, and participated in student organizations, including the Safety Club. She competed in barrel racing and shared a special bond with her palomino horse, Pal, whom she rode without spurs, sometimes standing up. She was voted as Oklahoma's "Miss Conclave" by the DeMolays of the state in her senior year and graduated from "Po High" in 1963.
She then attended Oklahoma State University, where she met David. They married in 1964 and moved to Dallas, Texas, where Judy worked as secretary to the director of the Dallas Public Library System to help David get through seminary at Southern Methodist University. They then moved to Kansas, where Judy graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Fort Hays State University. Along the way, they brought into the world two daughters before moving their family in 1977 to San Antonio, Texas.
A poet, writer and artist, Judy enjoyed intellectual discussion and was a well of creative ideas. She preferred literature and drama with conscience-raising messages, was politically active and followed current events. She always remembered her civics and social studies lessons about the danger of mob behavior and the importance of speaking up before it is too late. She was a lifelong supporter of family planning, fair and equitable labor laws, self-determination for women and men, and education for children and adults. She believed that her faith should be grounded in both spiritual and intellectual realities and that the stewardship of the planet should be advanced as acts of both personal and community responsibility.
In addition to raising children and being a homemaker, Judy's careers in San Antonio included: working as an activities director at nursing homes; selling American Automobile Association memberships; working at the Kuwait Liaison Office at Lackland Air Force Base; and training people with disabilities to live independently. Judy also taught first aid, Sunday school, and English as a second language, and she served as the missions co-chair and chair at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church.
Judy liked to spend her free time composing poetry and songs, reading, painting, sewing, fishing, researching genealogy, exploring international foods, hosting international people, and working on home improvement projects.
Judy is survived by: her daughters, Tavi Sellers and Staci Semrad; Tavi's children, Addison Drutz, Suzanne Drutz and Tiffany Sellers; their respective fathers, Adam Drutz and Mike Sellers; Judy's siblings, Jeannie Rose Pawelczyk, Raymond Rose II and Sheryl Rose Headrick; and Judy's stepmother, Doralene Rose.
Memorial services will be held at 10 am for Judy and 11 am for David on Saturday, June 5, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home in Enid.
Posted online on June 06, 2021