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Updated: 07/23/2014 08:00:04AM

Judith K. Briggs

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Judith K. “Judie” Briggs, 70, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.

She was born May 29, 1944, in Danville, Ill., the daughter of Henry and Betty (nee Gibson) Ellis.

Judie led an active life, enjoying stock car racing, participating in Revolutionary War re-enactments, and boating on the Peace River. She treasured time spent with her grandchildren, and was all smiles when spending time with the great-grandchildren. Her plants and flowers were like kids to her, as she always nurtured them.

Judie will be greatly missed by her fiancé of 15 years, James Norton; daughter, Beth (D.G.) Washkowiak; son, Brian (Cindy) Carnaghi; brother, Derald Ellis; grandchildren, Sara (Brandon) Crawford, Ryan Washkowiak, Tim Norton, Marc Norton, Natasha Vrablic and Dalton Trinble; and great-grandchildren, Lindsey Norton, T.J. Norton, Chase and Chance Crawford, and Avayah. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Sharon Jones.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Harbour Heights Park. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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