Judy Carol Randall McElwee was born in Kansas City, Kansas on April 7, 1957 to Tommie and Helen Randall. Her mother and father, Tommie and Helen Randall; her brother, Philip (Butch) E. Randall Sr., sister, Bernice L. Randall Jackson, brother in law, Jimmie H. Jackson, brother in law, Rev. Huie Cunningham; sisters in law, Frances Gordon, Mary Randall, and grandson Adarius Barber preceded her in death.
She graduated in 1975 from Sumner High School and attended Donnelly College and Kansas City, Kansas Community College. She was employed in the banking industry for 30+ years. Thereafter, she was employed as a Social Worker at EOF for approximately three years. In her twilight years she was employed as a Parking Lot Attendant for the Unified Government of WYCO/ KCK for 5 yrs. She served with dignity, grace, and compassion in all of her career positions but she particularly loved helping families in a social service capacity.
Judy and John (Neco) fell in love as young adults and have been married for 39 years. She lived her “dash” in this life by serving others. She is an active member of Women-Healing from Inside Out Women’s Ministry. She was formerly active in the ministry of Allen Chapel AME Church, Kansas City, Kansas serving as a Stewardess, Usher Board member, Member of the Women 2 Women Ministry, Director of the Children’s Ministry, and member of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was an “advocate” for the rights of all people. Judy was a cancer survivor. She volunteered her services with the American Cancer Society She also served as a volunteer with the abused women shelter. Wherever she was confronted with a wrong, she set about correcting it
Judy loved children and has facilitated many Children’s Enrichment Programs with her family, in the community, and various churches ensuring that they had the spiritual and secular tools to lead productive lives.
Judy was a very spiritual woman who inspired many through daily scriptures via prayer groups. She was a beakon of light for many. She will truly be missed by the prayer groups. She was a strong advocate for the ones she loved. She saw the potential in each and every one of her nieces, nephews and grandchildren and always encouraged them to reach their goals and to strive for greatness. Judy always wanted the best for her family. She not only told you she loved you - She showed you she loved you. Not only by word but by deed. Judy exuded love in a way that God has commanded us to. She was truly a woman of God. Her favorite saying was "I know the God I serve."
A few of the reflections of family members are: she made everyone feel special in her own way, she is remembered as a mother figure to all of her nieces and nephews (each one said they were her favorite); her laugh and smile were contagious; she was a great listener; she was a faithful, loyal, supportive, wife, mother, friend, confidant, and a loving sister. She cared deeply for her children and grandchildren. She LOVED her family unconditionally. She was a great cook and an excellent provider.
Judy loved to travel. She was the travel agent for the family, planning numerous family vacations and enjoyed each trip with her loved ones immensely.
Judy was a remarkable person and she loved her grandbabies and they loved her. No matter what “MY JUDY” was at every game, competition, and award ceremonies.
Judy was recognized by the life she lived receiving the following awards (just to name a few):
Women of Excellence Award – Allen Chapel AME Church
Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award- Allen Chapel AME Church
The “Best Mom” Award
Award from EOF Headstart
Judy was a true HERO! Her final act of kindness was to give the gift of life through organ donations.
She is survived by her husband, John N. McElwee (Neco); one son, Marco L. (Athayna) McElwee, grandchildren, Marco Jr.; Airiel; De’Mitri; Valyssa; Knyle; MaKaily; one brother, Robert Gordon, Sr.; two sisters, Thelma J Cunningham; Leona (Darrell) Franklin and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunt, and friends.