Judith Lee Williams

Judith Lee Williams, 76, of Birmingham, IA, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.  In accordance with Judy’s wishes, her body has been cremated.  Visitation will be on Sunday, February 19, 2023, with family present from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Cranston Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Smith officiating.  Burial of cremains will be in the Packwood Cemetery immediately following the service.  Gifts to a memorial will be designated later by the family and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 10900 Lark Avenue, Birmingham, IA 52535.  Friends may leave online condolences at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com


Judy was born on September 14, 1946, in Blandinsville, IL, to Gaylord and Gertrude (Shipman) Lefler.  She attended school in Blandinsville, IL.  Judy married LeRoy Payne, and together they had three sons.  Later in life, Judy met Keith Williams, and they were united in marriage on May 13, 2000, in Birmingham, IA.  She worked at Traffic Devices in Fairfield for nine years and then at Van Buren County Hospital for six months before retiring in 2010.  Judy was a member of the Birmingham Presbyterian Church for 22 years, where she enjoyed playing the piano. Judy and Keith enjoyed traveling to Branson to watch country music shows. She loved taking pictures and was an active member of the Red Hat Society. Judy truly appreciated and was passionate about showing her support for all service men and women.


Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Keith of Birmingham, IA; two sons, Faron Payne and Jay Payne, both of Burlington, IA; one stepdaughter, Kimberly (Mike) McGuire of Marion, IA; ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, along with many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Darryl Payne, and a brother, Kenneth Lofler.