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Judy K. Taylor

March 8, 1945 — June 27, 2023

Judy Kay (Boltinghouse) Taylor, caring Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt died on June 27, 2023 from complications caused by pneumonia. She was born in Bloomington, Indiana–the second of ten children to the late Otis and Frieda (Sturgeon) Boltinghouse–on March 8, 1945 and grew up in Bloomington and Spencer. Judy graduated from Bloomington High School in 1963. After high school she worked various jobs for Howard Johnson’s, at multiple locations,  including Speedway. While there she worked long hours during the month of May serving all of the competing drivers of the Indianapolis 500 and their teams and families. Throughout her life she fondly told stories of her time in Speedway which is why the Taylor household was an Unser family, not an Andretti family. While working as a waitress, Judy reconnected with her high school sweetheart, John Taylor, after a chance meeting when he and his parents showed up at a restaurant she was assigned to. They were married in Bloomington on June 7, 1970. They have two children: Mary (Taylor) Edwards and John M. Taylor. After settling down in Plainfield, Judy successfully ran a daycare out of their home, but decided to return to school. She earned an associate degree in accounting from Ivy Tech in 1989. Judy began work at Railroadman’s in Indianapolis and then LinEl in Mooresville until she retired in 2008. Throughout the 1990s, Judy was heavily involved with the Plainfield High School band boosters. Both children were in the band, and Judy became an integral part in organizing and fundraising for the boosters. Most importantly, she took on the herculean task of coordinating multiple meals for all students, staff, and parent volunteers on a weekly basis during the marching band contest season in the fall. After retirement, Judy spent her time with her two grandchildren Owen and Emma Edwards and focused on her hobbies. She enjoyed cozy mystery novels and television shows and quilting. A book was always at the ready next to her recliner, and she was always accumulating materials for her next quilting project. Later in life she took an interest in coin collecting and backyard bird watching. A Celebration of Life will be held in Plainfield later this year. Friends and family will be contacted at a later date about further details. In remembrance of Judy, donations can be made to the Indiana Audubon Society. She is also survived by 8 brothers and sisters, Connie Boltinghouse, Jill (David) Ruiz, Michael (Janet) Boltinghouse, Jim (Thersea) Boltinghouse, Terry (Kenny) Sears, Garth (Trish) Boltinghouse, Cathy (Larry) Scanlon, and Debbie Shuman; and a brother-in-law, Roger Benedict.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Benedict.  Arrangements by Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield.

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