Judy Lavender Gilbreath, 67, of Babson Park, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., due to cancer.
She was born March 26, 1946, in Sanford, Fla., to the late Curtis and Lyde Lavender.
Judy graduated in 1964 from Sanford High School and from Jones Business College in Orlando, Fla., with a degree in computer programing in 1966. She has been a resident of Babson Park since August of 2010 moving here from Kissimmee, Fla., where she had been a resident for 29 years. During her career she was a Production Control Planner for various Aero Space companies, General Dynamics, N.C.R., Harris Corp and PTI Manufacturing Co. Production Control Manager. She retired in 1998 due to illness. Judy loved cooking; she was a computer “Guru,” loved to read, dance, animals and her family and friends. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales, Fla.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Jerry Gilbreath; son, Arthur R. Van Wart of Orlando; brother, Randal Douglas and wife, Fran Lavender of Ft. Worth, Texas; grandson, Adam Wood Van Wart; two nephews; three nieces; sister and brother-in-law, Janyce and Bennie Cruz; nephew, Ray and Dawn Cruze; and great-nephew, Dalton Cruze. Judy was a devoted wife, grandmother and was loved by all her family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales with Dr. Scott Markley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society Polk County Units, Main Office, 809 South Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneral home.com. Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.