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ALEXANDRIA Judy Ann Cornett, 74, Alexandria, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from complications as a result of a fall at her residence.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1943, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to Albert and Helen (Brantley) Colley, and has lived in Alexandria for the past 23 years.
She was a graduate of Markleville High School. Judy lived life her way and had an impact on those whose lives she crossed. She did not let convention dictate and to that end she drove race cars, worked for International Harvester in Benham, Ky., and was the first female coal miner in Harlan County and the second in the state of Kentucky. She also drove coast to coast for Sam Tanksley Trucking out of Missouri. More recently, she was a dedicated CNA at both St. John's and Community Hospitals in Anderson going into homes and then caring for others in her home. She shared her love of crochet and most enjoyed her time with family and especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Donnie Morris Cornett, whom she was married to for 49 years; daughter, Teresa Ann (David) Eisenbise and their children, Christy Ann Reeves Minnis and Misty Ann Reeves; daughter, Dana Joy (Chris) Hogue and their children, Brooks (Caroline) Hogue, Kyle Hogue, Lauren Hogue and Caleb Hogue; son, David Troy (Jenny) Van Matre and their children, Zachary (Brittany) Van Matre, Troy Van Matre and Wesley Lawson (Rachel) Van Matre; stepdaughter, Lisa Marie Butcher and her daughter, Tiffany Page; great-grandchildren, D.J., Maycee, Tinleigh, Marley and Jaxson; siblings, Susie Chapman, Bonnie Plummer, Terry Young, Jerry Young, David Young and Danny Colley; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Willie, Doris, Rose and Sheila.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Donnie Lawson Cornett.
Family and friends are invited to a time of sharing and honoring Judy's life on Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria. A memorial prayer at 6 p.m. will close the visitation hours. Cremation has been chosen with private interment services at a future date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to any Humane Society of the donor's choice.
We want to express our gratitude for the care and compassion that was given to our Mother and our family by Dr. Hoffman, nurses and staff in the ER and to Dr. Callahan, nurses and staff in surgery and ICU of Community Hospital of Anderson. We made it through a very tough situation with your guidance and expertise. We would also like to thank the Alexandria Fire Department for initial care and transport.
Online condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com.
Published on May 10, 2017
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