Judy Lyn Muery spent her life as a leader. She was the inspirational matriarch of her family, a teacher for more than three decades, a bible study leader, and an unsung minister to widows throughout the area. She was called home to glory on May 19, 2022.
She was born October 24, 1949, in Shamrock, Texas, to Fred and Eugenia Orr as the 5th of 6 children. She grew up in Austin where she graduated from Travis High School in 1967.
Judy married the love of her life, A. Talley Muery, on June 14, 1969, in Taylor, Texas and shared over 52 years of marriage. The majority of their life together was shared on their family ranch between Elgin and Coupland. They were active at Yegua Creek Ev. Free Church. Talley and Judy were blessed with 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. They always put forth monumental effort to support their children and grandchildren in their endeavors, whether it meant traveling to San Marcos, Dallas, New Mexico or Southern Africa for graduations, games, or scouting awards.
Judy started her education, in her late twenties, with three children of her own at home already. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in education. She was named Teacher of the Year for the Pflugerville School District and made a life changing impact on countless students. Many of those students kept in touch with their favorite teacher decades after leaving her classroom. Many of her fellow teachers recognized her as a mentor and inspiration on methodologies for reaching even the most challenging of students. She shared those skills with her own family and was proud that all three of her children and four of her grandchildren (thus far) have earned degrees and graduate degrees. Her daughter, Rebecca, followed her in the professional path as an educator and was further inspired by her as they taught in the same schools.
Judy was a woman of incomparable faith. Even as she was struggling through the excruciating pain of cancer, she expressed her belief that God was allowing her to suffer as a means to make it easier for her family to say goodbye. She was an example to friends and family of the importance of prayer and faithfulness. She especially enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation and had a particular passion for bluebonnets and other wildflowers. She counted as most important in her life that each of her children and grandchildren knew Jesus Christ as their savior. Many nights she enjoyed the beauty of her 20-foot cross that her son, Adam, and family erected for her. She enjoyed the cross nightly from the chair she slept in during the last two years of her life.
Judy was a patriot who was proud to be an American and a Texan. Her home is decorated in red, white, and blue with the American flag flying proudly in front of her home. Though proud of his service, she was almost crippled with fear during the year her son served in Iraq and lifted these fears to God to bring him home safely. She took pride in the service of her husband, brother, brothers-in-law, son, nephews, and great nephew. Every year for decades, Judy and Talley would host a celebration of American independence at their home. Dozens would visit for BBQ and fireworks and s’mores. She had a gift for making people feel more than welcome in her home. They felt valued.
Cancer did not win in the end. It was merely the vehicle to call her into God’s presence. She feels no more pain. She was welcomed into the arms of her parents, brother, sister, nephew, and other loved ones who passed before.
We will always love you Jamom. “Love you more.”
A Visitation and Celebration of Life were held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home in Elgin, Texas. Interment followed at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks in Pflugerville, Texas.
Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Family Funeral Home.