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Judy A. Lykins

Judy Ann Lykins, 59, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., of breast cancer. A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter, Minn., with Pastors Dan Werthman and John Just officiating. Friends are also welcome to gather on Wednesday evening at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter from 5-7 p.m.

Judith Ann Shepley was born Nov. 14, 1951, in Hutchinson, Minn., the daughter of Warren and Patricia (Strait) Shepley. She grew up in Glencoe, Minn., and graduated from Glencoe High School in 1969 before attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she earned her teaching degree in 1973. Judy married Roger Thomas Lykins on Dec. 29, 1973. After holding teaching positions in St. Cloud and Villard, Minn., the couple moved to Nisswa in 1976 and purchased Sherwood Forest Lodge, which they operated for two years. In 1978, Roger and Judy purchased Lykins Pinehurst Resort where they have enjoyed the past 33 seasons. She was blessed by her 30 years of teaching at Nisswa School. Her love of teaching extended beyond the classroom as she shared her life and faith with so many people. She also enjoyed spending time with friends, music, baking, walking, boating, and collecting family heirlooms.

Judy loved the Lord and his Word. She has always been a light for the Lord, but never more so than since she was diagnosed with cancer.  From the moment of her diagnosis, Judy was determined to shine for the Lord and bring Him glory.

Judy will be deeply missed by her husband of 37 years, Roger; her daughters, Betsy (Brian) Ogren, of Rochester, Minn., and Katie (Mark) Handley, of Gilbert, Ariz.; her sons, Mark (Ashley Bean) Lykins and Scott Lykins; parents, Warren and Patricia Shepley, of South St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren, Anna, Andrew and Julia Ogren and Declan Handley; sister, Sandy Shepley, South St. Paul, Minn.; brothers, Robert (Liz) Shepley, of Northfield, Minn., and Thomas (Deb) Shepley, of Burnsville, Minn.; in-laws, Ron and Mary Lykins, of Mora, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival, which Judy avidly loved and supported over the past two summers.

Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services

(800) 824-5051