Judith M. “Judy” Gedney, age 78 of Macomb, Il., went to be with her Lord and Savior at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
Judy was born on September 26, 1940 in Chicago, Il. to John and Alvina Snow, who preceded her in death.
Judy will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband, Roger Gedney, their son, David of Des Moines, Iowa and her brother, John Snow and family of Chicago, Il.
Judy graduated from Taft High School in Chicago, received her undergraduate college degree from the State University of Iowa, her MS degree from Northern Illinois University and further graduate work at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, La. Judy taught dance at Grinnel College in Grinnel, Iowa for one year before taking a position of chair person of women’s physical education at East Lyden High School iin Franklin Park, Il., and then on to WIU for 37 years. Judy was a gymnastics coach at each institution and an accomplished gymnast herself. Then at the age of 40, Judy focused her attention towards Women’s powerlifting. Over a competitive span of 30 years, Judy established multiple records as World Champion and World Record holder. Judy competed in such contests in Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, France, Belgium, Italy and Russia. Judy was inducted into the WIU Hall of Fame and the USA Powerlifting Hall of Fame.
Judy then focused on the subject of drug testing in women’s powerlifting and her along with Jan Todd of University of Texas, fought and accomplished the testing goal ushering in the first such testing with the USPLF National Championships in 1986. Judy then in 1988 met with her European believers in a drug free sport and established the first International World Free Powerlifting Federation. Judy served as the first Secretary General of the WDFPF and remained in that position for the next 20 years. During the same time frame Judy spent much time at her and her husbands home in Guirand, Haiti.
She worked at the Salvation Army Bethany Hospital in Fond de Negres, Haiti. Judy taught English as a second language to Haitian children and adults and helped deliver a few babies on the side.
Judy and her husband planned and developed a 10,000 word Creole/English Dictionary in the late 80's and 90's, one of the first of its kind in rural Haiti. The dictionaries are still being used by missionaries and interested parties today. Judy is missed.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverends Jon Self and John Simmons officiating. The family will meet with friends for a short while following the services. Private burial of ashes will be in the Hill Crest Memorial Park in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Village.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
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