She was born June 26, 1938, in Camanche, Iowa, to Bill and Inez Tyler.
After graduating from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, she went on to receive a bachelor's degree in education and taught home economics to high school students for many years. Later, Judith returned to graduate school and received her master's degree in early child development. Then she went on to help establish and run several programs in that field.
She spent many years living in places such as Des Moines, Chicago and Princeton, Ill., but moved back to the Quad-Cities area during her retirement to be close to the area and people she loved. She attended Edgewood Baptist Church in Rock Island where she received spiritual growth and guidance during recent years, as well as completing a seven year Bible study fellowship.
Judith is survived by her two sisters, Janice Tyler, of Decorah, Iowa, and Pat (brother-in-law David) Van Leeuwen, of Vonore, Tenn.; two sons, Jim (daughter-in-law Anna) Purdum, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Tammer (daughter-in-law Heather) Saleh, of San Francisco, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Henry and Chelsea Purdum, of Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Judith wished to express her gratitude to her beloved friend, Pete Friedrichsen, for providing his emotional support and care throughout her years in the Quad-Cities.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held this summer along the banks of the Mississippi River in her hometown of Camanche.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.