September 24, 1944 ~ August 4, 2019
Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Asheville – Judith “Judy” Venning, 74, of Asheville, died Sunday, August 4, 2019 at her residence after fighting a long battle with MDS and leukemia.
Born in Atlanta, GA, she was a daughter of the late Roy Franklin Morgan, Sr. and Jessie Mae Boudreau Morgan.
She attended Westminster High School in Atlanta, and went on to be the first member of her family to graduate from college. She earned a bachelor’s in philosophy from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia in 1966, and pursued graduate work in philosophy at the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Judy was a most loving wife and mother who constantly looked for ways to bless everyone around her. Her heart was generous, her love was tenacious, and her trust in Jesus was unshakable. She served faithfully in church, teaching children’s catechism for more than 30 years. Her home was always bursting with beautiful plants and flowers from her garden, and she cherished animals and humans alike. A love for Scripture and theology thrummed through her veins and was always on her lips.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Charles Gibson Venning; her children, Ross Gibson Venning of Asheville, Jessica Venning Datema (Jay) of Brooklyn, NY, Jennifer Venning MacLeod (Tom) of Clemmons, NC, Joshua Charles Venning of Asheville and Laura Venning Wilson (Derek) of Seattle, WA.; one sister, Sue Lovett of Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren, Lorien, Ransom, Zeke, Gabe, Judith and David as well as several nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating Judy’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Asheville. The graveside service will follow at 1:00 PM on Saturday at Calvary Churchyard in Fletcher. Her family will have a reception at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday following the graveside service.
To view a tribute video created by her family, please click here: Judy Venning Tribute
Celebration of Life: August 10, 2019 11:00 am
Trinity Presbyterian Church
17 Shawnee Trail
Asheville, NC 28805
Graveside Service: August 10, 2019 1:00 pm
Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Fletcher, NC 28732