Judith Ann (Lloyd) Gruver was born August 7, 1942, to John “Jack” and Janet (Rottenbach) Lloyd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Judith was raised near Oshkosh until 1958 when her family moved to Phoenix, AZ, graduating from Paradise Valley High School with the class of 1960. She then attended Arizona State University.
Judith married her high school sweetheart, Henry Gruver, on February 17, 1972 in Phoenix. The couple moved to the Woodbine area in February of 1990. Judith loved having and carrying babies. She also enjoyed playing her auto harp to each of her babies while she was pregnant. Six of their 13 children were born at home. Judith tossed them and Henry caught them! Henry simply went to the library and read up on home births.
Judith was a homemaker but also a world traveler. She traveled the world three times and has been to 54 nations as a part of Joyful Sound Ministries. She played the autoharp, sang and was also a composer. In her lifetime, she sang and ministered to the foreign merchant marines from over 74 nations while staying in Portland, Oregon. Judith enjoyed family gatherings, redecorating, going to church, shopping and going to movies. She enjoyed activities and hobbies that added to her life story.
Judith died on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at her home in Woodbine, Iowa at the age of 76 years and seven days.
Judith was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Henry Gruver of Woodbine, IA; 13 children, Ellen Stinson of Woodbine, IA, Robert Watts of Portland, OR, Christine (Douglas) Cox of Peoria, AZ, Steven (Sally) Gruver of Moorhead, MN, Cindy (Chris) Duffy of Chandler, AZ, Cheryl Gruver of Waimea, HI, John Gruver and David Gruver both of Woodbine, IA, Peter (Theresa) Gruver of Massillon, OH, Mark Gruver and Becky (Michael) Colwell all of Woodbine, IA, Abby (Eric) Carney of Childers, Australia and Hank (Heather) Gruver of Woodbine, IA; 29 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Lifeline Assembly of God in Dunlap, Iowa. The clergy was Pastors Bob and Suzi Pedersen from Lifeline Assembly of God and Pastor Brad Westercamp from Grace Community Fellowship in Missouri Valley. The recorded musical selections were: Song of Solomon, This I Know and Surely Goodness and Mercy. These selections were all composed, played and sung by Judith. The honorary pall bearers were: Nathan Colwell, Emily Colwell, Aaron Colwell, Carter Gruver and Henry Gruver. The pall bearers were: Robert Watts, John Gruver, David Gruver, Peter Gruver, Seth Gruver, and Mark Gruver. The final resting place is at the Woodbine Cemetery.
Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine was in charge of the arrangements.