Judy L. Brown - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 12, 1940 - November 12, 2018

Judy L. Brown age 78 of Richfield. Preceded in death by husband David Swenson; brother Stanley Franson. Survived by children Susan Ulmen, Patrick (Jamie) Brown; grandchildren, Adam, Max, Dakota, Piper; siblings Joyce (Al) Smith, Janice (Steve) Lahti, William (Judy) Franson.
Judy was a true Yupper, born in Ishpeming MI. After graduating high school, she moved to Minneapolis and worked at the Federal Reserve. She married Walt Brown in 1965, and they had 2 children.
Judy was always very involved in her children’s lives. Girl Scout Troop Leader, and cookie mom; President of the Mother’s club for Bethel #1 and chaperoned countless Jobie/Demolay dances. A fixture at BIR when Pat raced motorcycles, Judy made sure they ate, and made countless trips to the hospital with any rider who got hurt.
After living together for over 30 years, she married her long-time love David Swenson in 2006. After they both retired, they traveled with her sisters to Alaska and many cruises. She took her children and grandchildren on many great adventures. From Cruising to the Grand Canyon, they went everywhere. There wasn’t a family wedding she missed. Traveling to the UP, San Francisco, New Orleans, and most recently Boothbay Harbor Maine, to celebrate with her family.
Judy enjoyed meeting her friends for lunch, or dinner. Taking pie to their house when they were shut in or just talking on the phone. She kept in touch with friends from all parts of her life and she took the time to listen. She was truly the nicest person you could meet.
She celebrated 50 years in her Richfield house this summer. We are grateful for all the great memories we have.


  1. Christine Nelson says:

    I worked with Judy for many years at Meritain Health. I’ve thought about her often since she retired and hoped life was treating her well. It sounds like she remained the wonderful woman I had grown to know and love. My condolences and best wishes to all Judy’s loved ones.

  2. Pati Reichel says:

    Rest in peace Judy. You will truly be missed here but will live on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing you. You were an exceptional lady.

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