CASA GRANDE — Judith L. "Judi" Holter Horning, 80, of Casa Grande died peacefully on March 19, 2020, after a short heart illness.
She was born on Nov. 28, 1939, in a farmhouse east of Fort Collins, Colorado, to Ruben and Betty (Breniman) Buderus. She attended Plummer School and Fort Collins High School and was a hard worker throughout her life. After working in the accounting department of some car dealerships in Fort Collins, she went to work as a payroll technician at Colorado State University. After retirement, she obtained part-time employment screening applications for the veterinary medicine program at CSU; she really loved this job and found it to be quite rewarding.
In 1994, she met the love of her life, Charles “Chuck” Horning, through a personal ad in the newspaper. Their first date was a fiasco after both showed up at different locations of the same restaurant. After a second chance at a first date, the two were an immediate couple. They married on Aug. 3, 2013. She enjoyed traveling, going on several cruises to many different countries with a girlfriend and then later, with Chuck. After retirement, they purchased an RV and traveled to various areas of the U.S., working as host campers. They spent many days in their RV, wintering in Arizona. After purchasing a home in Arizona in 2011, they summered in Colorado for the next six years. She especially loved Mazatlan, Mexico. She made fast, lifetime friends on each of her travels.
She was a collector of many things over the years, including cream pitchers, thimbles, cow and frog figurines, and antique enamel pots and bowls. Her collection of vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls left at least one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren a little frightened. She entered every drawing and raffle she came across. She won many of the prizes in these contests, including the Drink Pepsi Summer Sweepstakes grand prize, a much sought after Cabbage Patch doll and a stay at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She was a fan of the Denver Broncos with season tickets since 1977. She liked to read and always had a book nearby. She loved to iron, enjoyed refinishing and rehabbing furniture and liked trying new recipes. At different points in her life, she enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and candle wicking. She enjoyed crafts and her four-legged friend, Bentley.
In addition to her husband, survivors include three daughters, Michelle Halligan of Sterling, Colorado, Kelly Holter of Sierra Vista and Lori Sala of Littleton, Colorado; three brothers, Bob, Mike and Mark Buderus, all of Fort Collins; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a newborn daughter, Shawna Rae Denig, and two brothers, Richard and Ronnie Buderus.
Donations may be made to: Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 10480, Casa Grande, AZ 85130.