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Judith K. Harlan

d. October 13, 2023

Judith “Judi” Harlan, age 77, of Athens, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2023 at Memorial Health Hospital in Springfield.

She was born December 25, 1945 in Sullivan, Illinois, the daughter of Keith and Betty (Barbee) Goodman.

Judith married Delmar “Lando” Harlan, Jr. on February 7, 1985.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 2014.

Mourning her passing are three brothers, Hallie McClellan Goodman of Lakewood, CO, William Keith Goodman of Tunnel Hill, GA, Jerry Stanford Goodman of Tunnel Hill, GA; son, Terry Nance; daughter, Missi Harlan Trader of Athens and her children, Sammi and Max Trader of Athens; granddaughter, Dusti (husband Jordan) Love of Athens and her daughter, Josie Love of Athens; nephew, Kurdt Howard of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by father, Keith; mother, Betty; son, Tom Nance of Athens; three sisters, Reva, Becky, Sarah; and brother, John.

Judi worked for the local grocery store in Athens for over 40 years, where she loved visiting with the community throughout that time.

She loved watching NASCAR.  Judi loved to sew and especially cook for her family.  Her joy was to spend time with her grandchildren.

Cremation rites will be accorded.  No services will be held as per Judi’s wishes.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Protective League in Springfield.

“Remember me smiling or don’t remember me at all.” – Judi

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Judi was such a sweet lady. Always a big smile on her face. When I went to town the first time to the store with my new husband, she welcomed me with open arms! She was back by the meat counter, pulled me aside, and said,
    welcome and congratulations! You got a good one. Rest in peace, Judi. 💜

  2. So sorry for your loss. Judi was a very nice person who greeted everyone with a smile. She will be missed.

  3. I knew this woman most of my life was a neighbor and friend. She would take care of any animal include my dog Oscar whom loved her also. Great lady human being and friend!

  4. So sorry to hear this news. She was a great person and perfect for her job. She was always welcoming and willing to help. She knew the store inside and out.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Missi, and the rest of Judi’s family.

  5. So very sorry to hear of Judi’s passing. First met her in 2001 after moving to the area and shopping at the Village market. I don’t think Ive met a nicer person. When her name comes up in conversation, there is never a negative word mentioned about her, and that says alot because I think she knew everybody! R.I.P. Judi.

  6. Sorry for your loss Judi will be miss by all she was sweet and loving person

  7. I called her Jude, she was my friend right off, then we turned into sister. She had my heart ❤️, I see she is in a better place, with her family. We will be together again someday. She is smiling down on the people that she loved. Jude touched slot of people, if she cared you were blessed. Love you sis, 💟 till we meet again. 😘

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