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Nov 21 @ 11:15 am
Longtime Resident and former City Secretary passes

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Accasia’s Event Venue
351 Southwind Ln
Fairview, Texas 75069

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Known for her warm smile, Judy Lynn Morrison served as a stalwart employee at Allen City Hall for over two decades. She passed away on November 12, 2022. 

Helping Allen transition from a rural environment to a prosperous and emerging city, Judy began her career with the city by serving as the administrative secretary to the past city manager Jon McCarty.  Later, she became Allen’s city secretary and continued in that role until she retired in 2002.  Former Allen Mayor Dr. Joe Farmer observes, “Judy was always focused and diligent on performing her job. She was kind, demonstrated grace under all circumstances and always remained approachable to everyone. She was a delight to work with, and I always appreciated her loyalty to me, the Council and City Manager.”   

Judy is the recipient of the prestigious North Texas Municipal Clerk Association’s “Municipal Clerk of the Year” award, the organization’s highest honor.  For City of Allen colleagues who had the honor of working with Judy, her passing is a tragic loss. Allen’s Mayor Ken Fulk declares, “I had the pleasure of meeting Judy in the mid to late 1980s while volunteering to serve the City of Allen. She was always so positive, friendly and kind to all who came in contact with her. She also had such an infectious smile and was always a pleasure to talk to. In a way, she became a surrogate mother to me over time. Judy also modernized and transformed the Allen City Secretaries office to an extremely well-run segment of our government. She made it a highly professional department that elevated the way we conducted business and complied with ever changing State Laws. I always enjoyed hearing Judy talk about the many camping trips she and Jim went on as well as her bird watching escapades. She had an eye for the birds!  Judy served five mayors during her tenure with the City of Allen—Mickey Pearson, Don Rodenbaugh, Joe Farmer, Kevin Lilly and Steve Terrell.  Collaborating with tremendous leaders of our community, I am sure they all have many fond memories of working with Judy.”

On a personal note, when I began employment with the city as a mustached kid, Judy was most welcoming and encouraging.  Her passing is a loss to this community and for me personally.  

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at Accasia’s Event Venue, 351 Southwind Ln, Fairview, TX 75069, at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022.