Praises were lifted and prayers answered when, in the presence of her family, God’s merciful hand reached down and directed Judi Overturf, 60, of Toluca, to meet our Lord and savior Jesus Christ face to face on Sunday (Sept. 16, 2018) at 11:27 a.m. from OSF Saint James Hospital in Pontiac.
“We are confident ... to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord,” says II Corinthians 5:8.
Judi was born March 7, 1958, in Kankakee, the daughter of Donald and Sheri (Loiselle) Jackson. She attended Eastridge High School and received an associate’s degree in art from Kankakee Community College and a bachelor’s degree in art from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.
Surviving are her mother, Sheri Jackson; her husband, Robert Overturf, whom she married Aug. 18, 2000, in Toluca; her three children, Joshua Bryant, of Kankakee, Jill Bryant, of Kankakee, and Ashley (Matt) Gill, of Madison Wis.; three grandchildren, Arianna, Kingston and Danielle Bryant; and one brother, Rick (Mary) Jackson, of Aroma Park.
Her father preceded her in death.
Judi had an avid passion for art (drawing, painting and even some sculpting) and demonstrated and shared her talents throughout her home on walls and paintings. A former residence in Toluca displays a wall mural; and with the assistance of her mother, she did an art project on the dining room walls of Asta Care Nursing Home in Toluca. Judi also was an excellent cook/chef and could take ordinary meals and transform them into culinary delights. Her greatest passion became the love for our Lord and her Bible. Personal and family Bible studies were routine when she was physically able. She also shared Christ with a friend who was in prison. She demonstrated a loving and compassionate heart for the “down and outers.” She opened her home numerous times to both family and friends.
A celebration of life will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Calvert-Johnson and Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, also at the funeral home, with her brother, Rick Jackson, officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the American Lung Association or to the family.