Judith Ann Moreau
Judith Ann Moreau
  • November 8, 1939 - January 17, 2018
  • Arizona

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Judith Ann "Toots" Moreau 1939-2018

Judith Ann Moreau (Morlok), 78, born on November 8, 1939 in Olean, NY passed away from natural causes surrounded by family and friends on January 17, 2018 in Peoria, AZ.

She was raised in Ellicottville, NY, the daughter of a baker and a musician. Judith was the third child of Hedwig and Ernest Morlok; she is preceded in death by her sister Dorothy (Joseph) Sloand of Allentown, Pa, and is survived by her brother Richard (Nancy) Morlok, of Springville, NY. Her family's musical legacy was bolstered by Judy playing the trumpet throughout her youth and for most of her adult life.

Nursing was her chosen field; she studied at the University of Buffalo. After college, she married Donald Moreau, an Army officer from Maine. In marriage Judy and Don lived in California, France, Germany, Ohio and Texas. During their travels together they managed to deliver four children: David (Patricia) of Tuba City, AZ, Thomas (Margaret) of Moab, UT, Kathleen (Brian) of Holly, MI, and Andrew (Stephanie) of Peoria, AZ.

On the U.S. Bicentennial, Judy moved with the kids to Northern Arizona to be employed by the Indian Health Service (IHS), Public Health System in Tuba City, Arizona. Living on the Navajo Indian Reservation and working as an operating room nurse for 12 years she worked hard to provide for her family; she would proudly see them all succeed and go on to a college education and lives of love and charity.

Alaska had long been a part of her dreams, and in 1988 she moved to Anchorage to work at the IHS Alaska Native Medical Center. On the fifth floor, with a view of Denali, she became the ENT Queen; facilitating ear, nose and throat surgeries in the fast-paced environment of the ANMC. She explored Alaska by truck, snowmobile and boat from the coasts of the southwest to the deep interior, where her beloved Denali mountain resided.

After retirement from the IHS in 2000, she left Alaska and moved to Capac, Michigan where she became actively involved with the local Catholic church. She also worked part time as a surgical nurse at McLaren Regional hospital in Lapeer to finance her philanthropy and her regular trips around America, visiting friends and family. In her last years she had travels back to Europe, around India, and to Africa to meet a child she has sponsored his whole life. Visiting Catholic churches around the world was one of her most passionate interests. She most recently returned from an intensely spiritual pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes where she bathed in the holy waters; her life's dream,
As she is laid to rest, her devotion is apparent: to her children and grandchildren, her friends, her community, the patients under her care, and foremost to her God. We will miss her wonderful, light Spirit!

Arizona funeral service will be held Saturday, January 27th at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 8615 W. Peoria Ave. Peoria, AZ

Michigan funeral service will be held Saturday, February 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 4331 Capac Rd, Capac, MI.

Final resting shall be in Judy's much loved childhood hometown of Ellicottville, NY, at Holy Name of Mary Cemetery aside her parents.