Horses

Judy Ann (Murray) Sirbasku

July 3, 1938 ~ July 22, 2021 (age 83)

Obituary

Sirbasku, Judith Ann (nee Murray)

Judy was born in 1938 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and passed away on July 22, 2021, in Waco, TX, where she resided for over 50 years. Visitation 4-7pm Wednesday, August 4 at O’Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 575 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul. Committal Service and Entombment 11am Thursday, August 5 at Resurrection Cemetery, 2101 Lexington Ave. S., Mendota Heights, please meet at the front gate, Assembly Area B for procession to the mausoleum.

Judy graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul. Judy met Jim Sirbasku, the love of her life, on a blind date at the age of 16.  They were married in 1959 and the union lasted over 50 years until Jim’s passing in 2010.  Judy and Jim moved to Waco, TX, in 1968 to further Jim’s career. It was here that they raised their children, David and Susan.  In addition to raising two children, Judy was instrumental in Jim’s success.

When Jim and Judy purchased their first Straight Egyptian Arabian mare, Judy discovered a profound passion for the breed. They later purchased land and Rock Creek Arabians was conceived.  Judy’s devotion to her beloved horses made her a steward for the breed. Her unwavering affection and allegiance to her horses, spanning more than four decades, produced a multitude of champions that made a global impact on the industry.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ethel Murray, her beloved husband, Jim, and her siblings Margaret Scherer, Ben Murray, Adelaide Duffy, Mary Nelson, Kathleen Minea, and Donald Murray. 

She is survived by children David Sirbasku and Susan Priest, and her granddaughter, Zoe Sirbasku. Also by her special nephew, Todd Nelson and special niece, Jill Minea O’Rourke and a host of nieces and nephews. 

The family wishes to thank Heavenly Hearts caretakers, especially Tammy Johnson, Carolyn Hinton, and Bernae Bynaum and Texas Home Health nurses, Tammy Phillips and Jennifer Rushing.  Each of these women showed exceptionally compassionate and tender care to Judy in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco, TX, Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School in Waco, TX, or a charity of your choice.


Services

Visitation
Wednesday
August 4, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home
575 South Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116

Committal
Thursday
August 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Resurrection Cemetery
2101 Lexington Ave. S.
Mendota, MN 55120

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