Judith Ralls Royce of Hamburg, N.J., was called home Sept. 24, 2020. She was 76.
Judy was born to Dallas Clay Higbee and Mary Isabelle McClung in Raleigh, N.C. on Dec. 15, 1943, and raised in West by God Virginia.
Judy will always be remembered for her gracious spirit, her unwavering strength, and her abundant love. She was devoted to her faith, her family and her friends. She was a cherished and dedicated member, volunteering within the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church community for over 50 years. Known as Momma to so many, as her grandchildren grew she could always be found on the sidelines or in the stands at each and every event. She found joy in sharing her love through her crafts and cooking.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Dallas and Isabelle, and her four siblings: Carolyn Evans, Charles Higbee, Mary Oakes, and Marcy Peters. Judy is survived by the love of her life Robert Byers; her beloved children Laura Aroune (David) and Thomas Royce (Amanda); and her precious grandchildren whom she adored: Thomas, Nicholas, Amy, Elizabeth and Hannah. Judy was also loved dearly by the Byers family including Bob’s children; Sharon, Robyn, Robert and Craig and nine grandchildren; Joseph, Jessica, Brittany, Miranda, Robert, Scott, Jonathan and Catherine.
Visitation was held Sept. 28 at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, N.J., followed by prayer services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Eleventh Hour Rescue 1800 Springs Rd, Vallejo, CA 94591 or the American Diabetes Association - P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.