Judith “Judy” Noble was born to Franklin “Frank” and Marilyn, the second of six children. She met her lifelong love Thomas “Tom” Noble in Kentucky where both of their parents worked at Red Bird Mission. She married Tom, worked as an OB nurse to help put him through college, and then worked in the home raising three children: Aaron, Adam, and Annie. She and Tom celebrated over 40 years of marriage.

Her focus was outward, on her family, friends, and faith in God. She could have made a great career in any field. Instead, she poured all that brilliance and extraordinary common sense into her family, supporting Tom, and homeschooling their children who now work in law, engineering, and education. She also dearly loved her four grandchildren: Austin, Abigail, Andrew, and Adalie. She frequently traveled thousands of miles with Tom to visit and spoil them.

In her life here, Judy also avidly enjoyed gardening, hiking, photography, butterflies, and birding. Her photography shows her love for God’s handiwork, and her eye for beauty reveals a beautiful soul. She nurtured caterpillars to butterflies, and together with her daughter spotted almost 100 Iowa bird species in 2019. Judy fell in love with the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and brought glory to God through her exceptional photographs of His wild and wonderful creation. There was no season she loved more than spring, when new life flooded the earth in flowers, and everything turned a fresh green.

At an early age, Judy trusted Jesus Christ as her Lord and for her salvation. She shared that message of love in both word and deed her whole life, a true servant at heart. During her final months on earth, she continued to find great comfort in God’s Word and overlaid her favorite verses on beautiful pictures she had taken in Iowa, Texas, and Colorado.

Judy passed away peacefully at the age of 60 after an evening surrounded by her family singing favorite hymns and songs. The faith that she lived continues to provide meaning to life and hope for the future. Her family was blessed to have shared in her life. They deeply appreciate the loving care she received from the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa Hospital and at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Judy is survived by her husband, Tom; children, Aaron (Adriana), Adam (Katie), and Annie; grandchildren, Austin, Abigail, Andrew, and Adalie; and siblings, Jim (Naomi), Jan (Wayne), Joan (Guillermo), Joyce (David), and Joe (Shauna). She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Marilyn.

Visitation will be at Grace Church at 4200 East 25th Street in Des Moines on Thursday, January 16th from 6 to 8pm. The funeral service will begin Friday, January 17th at 1pm, at Grace Church, and will conclude with burial at Avon Cemetery at 3995 Hart Avenue, also in Des Moines.

Donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( or flowers are appreciated by the family. Flowers may be sent directly to Grace Church. Condolences and memories may be shared at

"Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:" --Proverbs 31:28

Service Details

Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Grace Church
4200 East 25th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Friday, January 17, 2020
1:00 pm
Grace Church
4200 East 25th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Friday, January 17, 2020
Avon Cemetery
3995 Hart Avenue, Des Moines
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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