Judith Anne “Judy” “Johnyamyendunkwi” Feathers

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died January 18, 2018

Judith Anne “Judy” “Johnyamyendunkwi” Feathers, age 70, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday January 18, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Judy was born October 15, 1947 in Nahma, MI the daughter of Henry J. and Doris (Nedeau) Feathers and was raised in the Nahma/St. Jacques area. She attended Harbor Springs Boarding School. Following graduation, she moved to Minnesota and later to Milwaukee where she attended college. Judy worked in various jobs for the Federal Government. She retired from the U.S. Forest Service where she was an executive secretary for the Hiawatha National Forest Service office.

Judy was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She had a love for country music and playing cribbage. Her hobbies included collecting Minions and Pillsbury Dough Boys. She enjoyed learning the native language and traditions. Judy had a great gift to gab and she was not afraid to voice her opinions to family and friends. But most important to her was her family, especially her grandchildren. She thought of them often.

Survivors include her companion of 24 years, Allan Kesick of Escanaba, sons, Brent (Lisa) Feathers and their daughter, Brittany Feathers of Georgetown, IN, Derek (Shelli) Feathers and their son, Zack Feathers of Bark River, MI, daughter, Keri Feathers and her son, Sterling of Iron Mountain, MI, brothers, Richard (Joyce) Feathers of Gladstone, Mark (Wendy) Feathers of Gladstone, David Feathers of Wilson, Glenn Clabots of Manistique, sisters, Laura (Bill) Bryant of Cave Creek, AZ and Rhea Lindstrom of Escanaba. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Her father, Henry Feathers, mother, Doris Clabots and sisters, Brenda Clabots and Arlene Williams, preceded Judy in death.

Judy’s family will receive friends on Thursday January 25, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Native American Services will follow at 6:00 pm. Burial will be in the spring at Indian Point Cemetery.

8 Tributes for “Judith Anne “Judy” “Johnyamyendunkwi” Feathers

    Rest In Peace Judy, I enjoyed our conversations on Messenger you always had the gift of gab even on Facebook.. you will always be remembered by your smile and laugh.. and caring heart. You will be missed by all of us.

    Bill and I always enjoyed stopping in to say hi when we’d be in the UP
    So sorry for your loss Allan and all the family. Will miss you cuzzy.
    Bill n Toots.

    Judy, Judy. A gift of gab fits you perfectly. Glad to have known you and for the love n care you gave my cuz Al. Fly High with those Angels.

    Brent – Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the transition of your mother. Sounds like she was the type of person who inspired integrity in those around her and that she encouraged others to be the best people they could be. That’s reflected in your life, Brent. Praying for you and your family.

    Brent — Just wanted to say so sorry about the loss of your mom. I am sure she was very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Loved the fact that several posters mentioned her humor, her smile, and her gift of gab. Seems like you probably inherited these wonderful gifts from her. Take care. Sending hugs to you and your family. You are special !!

    Alan –
    So sorry to hear Judy waked on. Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.

    Everyone in the LTBB Natural Resource Department sends their condolences.

    My mate Johnyamyengunkwi had become everything to me in this life. She has given me life, a reason to believe that I can be, do anything I want to be regardless of what others may think of me. I attained three degrees, quit drinking and went on to write a book to help other alcoholics. She was put on this earth to help others and to show me what love, caring and sharing with others is all about. I miss her greatly today but will go on, not because I want to but because never giving up is what she had been trying to teach me these past 24 years. Bamapi love.

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