of Milan, Michigan, age 74, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 20, 2023 peacefully at her home. She was born August 25, 1948 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Bernard “Parky” and Mildred “Micki” (Bersuder) Crawford.  She was an employee of Ford Motor Company in Saline, where she was involved with the Union (First Female Union Representative). Judy was an avid sports fan, especially the Detroit Red Wings. She loved outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, scuba diving, and snowshoeing. Judy was an Augusta Township Trustee and volunteered for the Augusta Fire Department. She enjoyed quilting, was the President of the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild, and gave away many quilts. Judy was a very smart person with knowledge of many things, and her father taught her many practical skills. She even designed the home that they lived in.

On October 2, 1998, she married Michael Thornton, and he survives. Other survivors include her son. Kresten (Breanna) Sakstrup of Texas; a step-daughter Angel Morina of Garden City; a step-son Steven Thornton of Northville; seven grandchildren, Kol Sakstrup and Kaylie Sakstrup, Devin and Desmond Kelly, Ava and Alyssa Thornton, and Kiana Thornton; one great-grandaughter, Chloe; her mother Micki; and her sister, Donna (Dan) Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Crawford, and a step-son, Patrick Thornton.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 28, 2023, at 11:00 am at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7411 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor with Pastor Paul Jansen officiating.  Burial will be at Salem Lutheran Cemetery with a luncheon to follow. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday, April 27, from 11-2 & 4-7 pm.

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#12 Dave Perez 2023-04-27 12:00
My sincere condolences to the Thornton family , Mike I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
#11 Randy and Adele King 2023-04-26 17:12
Judy and I (Adele) were good friends in high school, and several years after. Judy was in our wedding, after which Randy and I spent a year in Germany, and Judy and I lost touch. We are so sad to hear Judy has passed. From all the info in the obit, she was very busy in her life.
#10 Randy & Donna Holley 2023-04-26 13:47
Our sincere condolences to the family for your great loss. Rest in peace Judy.
#9 Brad Sweet 2023-04-26 10:40
I have many fond memories of Judy at the many family gatherings as we grew up. I have donated to The National Quilt Museum in her memory.
#8 Al Przydzial 2023-04-25 10:57
Donna and I will truly miss Judy. We all know Judy loved quilting. She also loved the Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. We are making a donation to the Quilt Museum in her memory.
#7 Tim gabriel 2023-04-25 09:33
So sorry for your loss..
#6 Lee Stevens 2023-04-25 06:33
So sorry for your loss brother!!!
#5 Jon snyder 2023-04-25 04:50
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your Family in our Prayers
#4 Mike 2023-04-24 20:45
Rich and Jan are so sorry for your loss. May Judy Rest In Peace. We felt she was a great person and enjoyed visiting with her at our meetings. I remember Judy for the quilts she made and would give to Veterans at my VFW when I was Commander.
#3 Michael J Rozek 2023-04-24 18:07
My sincere Condolences.

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