Judy Harris Brown


Judith (Judy) Anne Harris Brown, 81, passed away in her home on August 12, 2020 with close friends at her side. She resided at Johanna Shores, Arden Hills, MN over the last 2 years.

Judy was born on March 21, 1939 in Marion, IN, and as a young child moved to Fort Wayne, IN where she spent her childhood years. She graduated 2nd in her class from Leo High School and was a Ford Merit Scholar. She completed her undergraduate degree in history at the U of Colorado and received her law degree at St. Mary’s University in Texas. She was Chair of the Law Review her senior year. She lived in Austin, Tx until moving to Duluth, MN in 1995. Judy was passionate about many things, including music, collecting fine art, design, and remodeling as well as using her law degree as an advocate for women’s rights and human rights. She was on the ground floor of the ERA movement. While in Duluth, she worked for Legal Aid and served as a housing advocate. She loved to cook and to entertain and had a wide circle of wonderful friends.

She adored her family and was dedicated to them. Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Joyce Ross Harris and Ernest T. Harris and her brother Steve Harris. She is survived by her brother Mike (Judy); plus niece Michelle and daughter Tessa Rose; nephew Rhody (Becca), children Ruby and Zeke; nephew Matthew (Katherine), children Raif and Dominick. Her sister-in-law Susan and nieces and nephews Mindy (Craig), children Carter, Abigail and Lilly; Ryan (Allison); and children, twins Page and Will.

She left behind friends from all over the country, and loved her years of living in her beautiful home in Corrales, NM until leaving there in 2010 because of the altitude as well as access to the best medical care. Judy was a strong woman who fought pulmonary fibrosis for over 10 years - a testimony to her strength, courage and constitution.

Judy was passionate about her work as a builder and designer and had a keen eye for both form and function. She was also fully engaged with politics, and an evening was NEVER complete without watching Rachel Maddow. She was a total “foodie” and especially love both “Tex” and “Mex”. She enjoyed good wine and the best scotch. We will miss hearing her laugh!

Due to COVID and concern for family and friends, there will be a private celebration of life in Duluth next summer. Memorials may be made in Judy’s name to the Women’s Health Center, 32 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55802.

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