Judy Kay Zamarripa

June 28, 1948 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 73)


Judy Kay Zamarripa, 73, of Duncan, Oklahoma, passed away after an 8-year battle with lung cancer on September 23, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born June 28, 1948 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Albert and Marcena (Labbe) Nagel.

Judy married Steven Zamarripa on September 19, 1970 in Great Bend, Kansas. To their union, they added three daughters - Karie, Kelly and Kacy. She graduated from Great Bend, Kansas in 1966 where she wowed sports fans being the school mascot. That will come as no surprise to anyone who knew her. She was the life of the party everywhere she went. She loved the yearly Zamarripa family reunions and was generally found right in the middle of things dancing around. She never shied away from hard work, first as a beautician, then opening her own cleaning service and, finally, working in the Central Office for Duncan Public Schools. Her most prized role was as Mom to her three girls and the best Gaga in the world to her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Marcena Nagel; brothers, Roy and Don Nagel; sister, Mary Ann Nagel; and mother- and father-in-law,
Catarino and Felipa Zamarripa.

Judy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Steven; children: Karie Jo and husband Charles W. Carpenter of Piedmont, Kelly Ann and husband Bryan Merritt of Chickasha, Kacy Lynn and husband James Popham of Duncan; grandchildren: Mackenzie and Kyle McKnight, Kendall Carpenter, Kaylen Merritt, Laney Merritt, Avery Popham, Emery Popham, Tyson Popham; sister, Susan and Lee Major; brothers, David Nagel and Gary Nagel; sisters-in-law: Carmen Skelly, Mary Ingram, Rose and Lonnie Sands, Josie and Dennis Morrison, Isabell and Don Eargood, Angie Ingram, Becky Morrison, Vivian Bahr; brother-in-law, Paul and Gina Zamarripa; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a service in Duncan Friday October 1, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. at Whitt Funeral Home. There will be live streaming available at for those who cannot make it. There will be a second service October 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, KS. Inurnment will follow at Great Bend Cemetery in Great Bend. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home/Oakcrest Cremation Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, 2110 Duncan Regional Loop, Duncan, OK 73533. A special thank you to Dr. Najera and the staff of the Duncan Cancer Center for their continued care and compassion throughout her cancer battle.

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October 1, 2021

1:00 PM

Video is available for this event

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