Judith "Judy" Schardein, 73, Shell Knob, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014

Judith Ann “Judy” Schardein, age 73 of Shell Knob, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri after a courageous battle with melanoma.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, Mo.

She was born Aug. 19, 1940, in El Dorado, the daughter of G. Paul and Edna Mae (Bennett) Kirby, who preceded her in death.

Judy graduated from El Dorado High School in 1958, and attended the University of Kansas. After several years as a devoted stay-at-home-mother, she resumed her education and graduated from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in education. She received her master's degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

Judy and Max lived in Bettendorf, Iowa, where she volunteered for the Quad City Symphony and for the Symphony Garden Club. She was a Docent for the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. She was a member of the PEO Chapter L.H. in Davenport, and later in the PEO Chapter A in Holiday Island, Ark. Some of her favorite pastimes were playing majong with her Le Clair and Davenport lady friends, and playing bridge in several groups including a couple's bridge group.

She thoroughly enjoyed teaching first grade for over 20 years in Bettendorf , Iowa community schools. She provided her wisdom, created a love for reading and accompanied her students on a variety of field trips, sharing her love of the outdoors.

In 2008 Judy and Max retired to Shell Knob, Mo. She was an avid walker and hiker, along with her husband. She was a member of Shell Knob Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir and served on the worship team.

Judy loved life; she loved to laugh, dance, read, garden, and spend time with her family and friends.

Judy is survived by: her husband of 52 years, Max L. Schardein; daughter, Andrea Geddes-Lundeen of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons, Bradley and his wife Susan Schardein of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Timothy and his wife Lynn Schardein of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; one sister, Paula Ruth Adkins of Clinton, Iowa; six grandchildren, Max Schardein, Cole Schardein, Shea Emily Schardein, Kurt Geddes, Amanda Geddes, and Erin Geddes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, or Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

Arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.