Obituary for Judy Flemming

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Judy Flemming, of Pulaski, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at age 82.  She was the daughter of the late Glenn Wonders who was the lead Lockmaster of the US Lock and Dam #13 on the Mississippi River. Her mother, Virginia, sadly passed away in Judy’s youth.

Survived by her beloved cat Tina and her two dearest friends, Vicki and Rebecca; and her first cousin Darrel and his wife Shirley.

Judy had an interesting and varied life. She graduated with near perfect grades majoring in Chinese Studies and Political Science, receiving her undergrad from Iowa State and master’s from UC Berkeley. She was fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She was a long-time government analyst specializing in Asia, living in Hong Kong and Northern Virginia. She had a brilliant mind that remained until her final days. Those receiving notification of her passing all equally summarized her as being smart and funny.

Retiring in Pulaski to get away from the busy life in NoVA, loving the historic district and making a conscious decision to support local small business owners. She spent many hours in her home she restored with her ever growing flock of cats. She was a meticulous documenter, avid reader, and enjoyed researching faraway lands on her computer.

Judy was an animal lover, making regular gifts to several area humane societies, cats being first on her agenda. Her last surviving cat, Tina, was rescued from the PCHS. Judy tirelessly served on several non-profit boards to make a difference in her community working behind the scenes without personal recognition. Serving on the PCHS board, she made lasting changes to the way animals were held and treated in Pulaski Co. Writing numerous grants and giving financially which was crucial to making the current Animal Shelter in Dublin a reality.

Judy assisted animals in need during her life and afterwards as her estate set aside funds for her favorite charities. Tina has been residing in the home of her dearest friend, Vicki, for several months and is happy in her new found retirement home.

Donations in Judy’s memory can be made to any of the following animal charities that were special to her; Franklin County HS Planned Pethood Clinic, HS of the NRV (formally the Pulaski County HS), HS of Montgomery County, and Roanoke Angels of Assisi.

To sign her online guestbook,  visit
Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski is assisting the family with arrangements.