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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#3 Patricia Ball 2020-10-14 10:37
Judi was one of my closest friends in high school. We lost connection sometime after school. But, I'll always remember her huge smile and kindness towards everyone. We lost a gem. Thinking of you all during this challenging time; sending love, hugs and prayers.
#2 LeeAnn Brown 2020-10-13 09:23
Sorry to hear of her passing. Hope she is resting in peace now.
#1 Debb Erskine 2020-10-09 12:06
My favorite memory of Judi is my first one. Don had asked me to go to Michigan with him to meet Adam who was home for a visit and Amanda. I was kinda nervous. We pulled into Judi's driveway and I no sooner got out of the car than this pretty brunette with a big smile came hurrying out and gave me a hug and told me how happy she was to meet me. I knew right away that she meant it because her smile was reflected in the twinkle in her eyes. I couldn't have received a better welcome for my first visit to Michigan. And for all the years since Judi and I have never greeted each other any differently than that first time. I will hug you in my heart always.

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