Judith “Judi” Allayne Willson of Grass Lake, age 65, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Henry Ford Allegiance Health Care in Jackson. She was born December 5, 1954, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Chelsea, the daughter of Julius Emerson & Jean Allayne (Newman) Blaess.
Judi worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea as an Administrative Assistant, Endurance Driver and Stockkeeper until her retirement in 2018.
Judi had a gift for planting ever-flowering perennial gardens, and was a fan of musicals. She acted in productions at the Croswell Opera House, and she had been a season ticket holder at the Fisher Theater, as well as attending productions at the Wharton Center. Judi loved baking, decorating for Christmas, and was an avid collector of angels. She especially loved her grandchildren.
On January 22, 2000, she married Doug Willson, and he survives. Other survivors include sister Patricia (Tim) Whitesall, many nieces and nephews, four children Adam (Ann) Erskine, Amanda (Arnold) Reginaldo, Jordan (Heather) Wahl and Evan (Julie) Wahl. As part of a blended family, Judi was also loved by Nikki (Travis) Henson and Stephen Willson, and was beloved grandmother of fifteen wonderful grandchildren.
An outdoor memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2:00 pm at St. Paul United Church of Christ, with Erik Stricklin officiating. The family will receive friends before the service from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Kiwanis Club. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
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