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Judith E. West Horner, 80, Greentown

Judith E. West Horner, 80, Greentown, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis. 

Born March 24, 1942, in Kokomo, Indiana, she was the daughter of W. James and Helen Wanita (Hutchins) West.  On June 17, 1960, in Kokomo, Indiana, she was married to Johnny L. Horner, and he survives. 

Judy was a 1960 graduate of Kokomo High School and was an active member of the Greentown United Methodist Church.  She retired as a librarian from Delco Electronics where she had worked for thirty years.  She loved being around antiques.  She had worked for auctioneers, co-owned an antique store, and managed resale booths at antique shops.  Saturday’s were often spent with Johnny and Judy heading out to antique malls and auctions to see what treasures they could bring home. She loved collecting glass, especially water pitchers and any Greentown-made items.

Judy loved keeping busy.  She spent hours making greeting cards or crocheting keepsakes for her family.  She spent hours volunteering at her church, the Nearly New Shop, the National Greentown Glass Association, and the Greentown Glass Museum.  Several years ago, she spearheaded the renovation of the glass museum, taking her vision for a redesigned and educational space and turning it into a reality.  Just recently, she took on a new role with the NGGA as an administrator who was charged with organizing decades of disheveled records and research materials.  This was one task in which she truly excelled, and she delighted in organizing items that would help preserve the history of her hometown.  

Judy loved spending time in the kitchen and preparing meals and sweet treats for her family to share, making sure to always have something on hand for whoever stopped in to visit.  While she loved collecting antiques, she would not hesitate to tell you that her greatest treasure of all was her family!

She leaves behind her husband Johnny Horner, Greentown; two sons, Jim Horner, Greentown; and John Horner, Kokomo; daughter-in-law, Patty Horner, Greentown; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Kevin) Shidler, Kokomo; Michael (Brittany) Horner, Kokomo; Holly Hancock (Gabe Guardado), Greentown; Sara (Brad) Myers, Sellersburg; Wesley (Lexi) Horner, Westfield; John Horner, Greentown; Levi Horner (Ashleigh Chelf), Greentown; and Lileigh Horner, Kokomo; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Cindy Badham, Kokomo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Mark E. Horner; and one sister, Linda Parker.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church, 5051 E. 400 N, Kokomo, with Pastor Brian White officiating.  Burial will follow in Mast-Hensler Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greentown Glass Museum.

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