Judith Ann Kieffer

Judith Ann Kieffer

Judith Ann Kieffer, 71, passed away suddenly Dec. 18, 2019, at her home in South Knoxville. Judy was born on March 30, 1948, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She grew up on a 94-acre farm in Jackson County where she attended Cavin Fork School, a one-room schoolhouse, and then Humphrey Elementary School. After graduating from Parkersburg High School she attended and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In 1968 she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, working free-lance jobs and attending the University of Tennessee. Always the adventurist Judy took off 3 months to backpack through Europe. Later completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Judy’s advertising career as a designer, illustrator, and art director for Lavidge & Associates, Channel 26, Watson’s, Levi’s and Goody’s spanned 40 years. After retiring she became very passionate about the work and mission of RAM where she volunteered her time and talents eventually becoming an employee.

Judy was an avid gardener, beekeeper, reader, and writer of meaningful letters. She loved her greenhouse, laughing, traveling, stargazing, hiking, her pets, time spent with family and friends, and enjoying good food and wine. Judy was an actively strong conservationist and recycler even through death by donating her body to medical science and research.

Her father and mother, Wilbur “Buzz” and Beulah Cross Kieffer; brother, Stanley Kieffer and wife Terri; niece, Renea Kieffer; and her many years of furry friends, Bernadette, Simon, Sylvia, Victor, Andy Panda, Hannibal, Jackie, and Oliver precede her in death.

Judy is survived by brothers, David Kieffer, Alan Kieffer, and Steven (Vicki) Kieffer; nephews, Alan “Buzz” Kieffer, and Jason (Lori) Kieffer; great nephews, Jase and Jaxon Proud Foot, and Arlo Kieffer; special “Ohio” cousins as well as West Virginia cousins; her kilowatt dog, Reddy, and many friends and special friends worldwide.

Family and friends feel social conditions are becoming safer and are now comfortable enough to gather at Ijams Nature Center on Friday, May 14th from 5 to 8 p.m. to honor and remember her life. There will be an opportunity for those wanting to share “Judy” stories and memories at 6 p.m. Judy was a uniquely special soul and her leaving this earth has left a void in us all.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given in her memory to Remote Area Medical at 2200 Stock Creek Blvd, Rockford, TN 37853.