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Judith 'Judy' Alta Bracken

March 10, 1940 - January 14, 2020

A Celebration-of-Life Gathering will be 2 to 4 p.m., Monday January 20th at the Hilton Garden Inn, Pavilion A, 815 E Mall Drive, Rapid City. There will be refreshments and appetizers. Please bring a story or memory of Judy to share. A private ceremony will take place at a later date in Lincoln, NE, where Judy’s ashes will be laid to rest next to her beloved Paul.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The American Cancer Society in memory of Judy.

Judith Alta ‘Judy’ Bracken, 79, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side in Rapid City, SD, following a short illness. Judy was born in Spearfish, SD, on March 10, 1940, to Levi L. and Patricia A. Petersen (Gage).

Judy was a one-of-a-kind gal who was dearly loved by all who knew her, if only as an acquaintance. Her spunk, work ethic, positive outlook, and warm smile were her trademarks. She was also known by her close family and friends to be willful, decisive, and orderly… all good Petersen traits. Judy was never late for anything in her life, a testament that she always put others first.

Judy is survived by son Scott J. (Fiona) Bracken, daughter Darcy L. (John) Bracken, 5 grandchildren, Hailee (Wayne) Hobson, Candice (Troy) Wilson, Kelsey (Jamie) Hoff, Jenna Bracken, and Paige Wilson, 4 great-grandchildren, brothers Tom (Jean) Petersen and Jim (Mona) Petersen, and sister Lee Ann (Mike) Baumgartner.

She is preceded in death by her husband Paul, sons Mark and Kent, parents Levi and Patty, brother Robert, and grandson Cody.

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