Judy Ann (Ellsworth) Gray of Eaton Rapids,
Passed away on March 2, 2021, at the age of 61. Judy was born in Eaton Rapids, MI on September 23, 1959, the daughter of Dale and Suzanne (Botsford) Ellsworth.
Judy had many titles throughout her life: Mom, wife, Grandma Juju, Aunt Juju, dear friend, in-home daycare provider, college graduate, Analyst with the Michigan Department of Corrections, and cancer warrior. Although she ultimately lost the battle to pancreatic cancer and related illnesses after three and a half years, she went out still fighting, loving, caring for, and protecting the ones she loved.
Judy had a heart of gold and a joyful, playful, generous spirit, with a smile that would light up your heart. She definitely got mileage out of her life – moving from Michigan to Florida and back again; raising her two children in her hometown, near her extended family. She shared many travel adventures with them, going the extra mile whenever possible – even when it ended up just being a drive around the same block a few times. She never missed the annual Ellsworth camping trip – even in this last year, which she enjoyed immensely with her grandson in a “living room truck” (aka RV). She hosted fun parties at her home for any reason imaginable, and almost always defaulted to yes for anyone who asked. This past year has been hard on everyone, but Judy was especially disappointed to miss out on hosting those great parties; going out to dinner with her brothers and sisters; wine tasting with cousins and friends; visits with friends; outings with her grandson, husband, and kids; and so much more that was put on hold.
Judy is survived by her husband, Mark Gray of Eaton Rapids; children, Michelle Chambers of Lansing and Michael Chambers of Eaton Rapids; grandchild, Kaleb Chambers; mother, Suzanne Ellsworth; siblings, Janice (Mark) O’Donnell, James (Theresa) Ellsworth, Joseph (Linda) Ellsworth, John (Debbie) Ellsworth, Jeffrey Ellsworth, and Jill Ellsworth, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family that loved her dearly, including Mark’s son, Steven, his children, Keegan, Ava, and Paige. She was preceded in death by her father, Dale; niece, Holli Tyler; and nephew, Justin Ellsworth.
A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ele’s Place – Capitol Region, 1145 W. Oakland Ave., Lansing, MI 48915. Please visit our website to place online condolences or to sign the guest register, www.millsfuneral.com.