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Judith R. Judy Mefford Hawk

April 27, 1951 ~ January 14, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old


Judith R. “Judy” Mefford Hawk, 71 of Beardstown, died Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 27, 1951 in Beardstown, the daughter of William O. Mefford and Lillie Rose “Mel” Surratt Mefford Pate. She married Charles “Charlie” Hawk the love of her life on October 28, 1977 and he preceded her in death on October 29, 2013

She is survived by two sons Robert Charles “R.C.” (wife Amanda) Taylor of Ozark, MO and Chris Hawk of Beardstown, six grandchildren Dillan, Evan, and Layla Taylor, Ryder Crook,  Brett Rachall and Brandon Hawk; three great grandchildren; one sister Marcia (husband Jim) Knous of Beardstown; two brothers Tommy (wife Amber) Pate of Beardstown and Tony Mefford of Quincy; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, seven sisters Pat Peterman, Brenda Gaus, Sandy Fox, Joy Taylor, Sally Pherigo, Lonnie Suddeth, and Linda Derry, and one brother Clarence “Cork” Pate.

Judy attended Arenzville Schools and later received her GED. She was an entrepreneur and over the years and had many jobs some of which she is best known for are: Etcetera, selling T-shirts, Scentsy and also selling all things on eBay but especially marbles. Judy and Becky Alloway operated “Parent Action Team”  which didn’t make R.C. very popular in school. In her younger years you could find both Charlie and her mudslinging which then turned into a love for following Sprint Car racing. Through this hobby they met their dear friends Jerrod and Nicole Hull. Judy and Charlie loved to travel to watch racing. On any given weekend you could most likely find them at the Jacksonville Speedway or following the Sprint Car races. Judy had a passion for caring for others. She even had a room designated in her home for collecting food and items to give to anyone that was in need. She was a wonderful and resourceful cook learning to make a meal from what ever she found in the freezer. Judy had a love for socializing through her social media outlet allowing her to build and maintain many friendships. Judy enjoyed learning about her genealogy through Ancestry and 23 and me accounts.  She was a mother figure to the Beardstown Community but most importantly her family and grandkids were her pride and joy.

 Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 5-7 PM Friday at the memorial home.

 Memorials have been suggested Hope Blooms (Local cancer resource) or Beardstown Food Pantry (Feeding the community).  Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.


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Services are to be announced

Colwell Memorial Home (Beardstown)


Hope Blooms Foundation
515 S. State Street, Beardstown IL 62618
Tel: 1-217-323-1100

Beardstown Food Pantry
515 S. State Street, Beardstown IL 62618
Tel: 1-217-323-1100


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