Judy Marie Tallent, 54, passed away unexpectedly, on Sept. 9, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 8, 1967, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Thurman Ray Gardner and Becky Ellenburg Gardner.
She was a 1985 graduate of White County High School.
Judy was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her son, “Mikey,” and embraced every moment with him. She especially loved her newest role as “MiMi” to her granddaughter, Maysen.
She was best known for her outgoing personality and social nature. She knew someone everywhere she went – she truly never met a stranger. She was blessed with a green thumb and spent many days tending to her beautiful garden. She was also very talented in the kitchen and loved to cook for her family and friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, Thurman Ray Gardner; her brothers, Jack Gardner, Randy Gardner; and her sister, Betty Jean Gardner.
Judy is survived by her mother, Alice “Becky” Young, of Sparta; son, Michael (Mallory) Tallent, of Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Maysen Tallent, of Murfreesboro; sister, Berniece Simmons, of Sparta; nieces, Candie Simmons, Carrie Simmons, of Sparta; cousins, Cindy and Carol Gardner; and many other beloved family members and friends.
A memorial service will be 10-11 a.m., Sept. 24, 2022, at Thurman Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Justin McCulley will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.