Judith Kay Malmborg "Judi" of St Peter, MN passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in her sleep Monday December 4, 2018. Judi was born December 31, 1941 in Valley City, North Dakota. Her family moved around quite a bit in her early years, finally settling in Sioux Falls, SD where Judi graduated from Washington High School in 1959. She enjoyed her school years, especially her time as a majorette in the marching band. One of her most memorable moments was twirling fire at the South Dakota State High School basketball tournament. In her early years, Judi was a homemaker and stay at home mother. When she entered the work force, she worked as a retail store associate in various stores including Erickson’s grocery store. She also worked with her husband John as a bookkeeper at his body shop, and owned Malmborg’s Wood Goods in the late 1970’s. One of the accomplishments of which she was most proud was gaining a post-secondary education in her forties. After gaining that education Judi worked as an administrative assistant at Farm Credit Association, and Edward Jones, before finding her dream job in the City of St Peter building department where she worked for many years until retiring in 2003.
Judi married Jerry Cowman on December 8, 1959 and had three children (Lori, Kim, and Nancy) with him. On Sept 14, 1973 Judi married John Malmborg and she and her girls joined him in St Peter.
Judi was an active member of First Lutheran Church for many years, serving on the church council, working in the kitchen, and serving as a mentor/leader in the confirmation program. She volunteered with the high school band program coaching the Drum Majors and Majorettes. She served as an election judge for many years and was also involved with VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Judi enjoyed crafting and spent time doing ceramics, crocheting, knitting and quilting. She liked playing board games with her family and bridge with the ladies. She and John enjoyed camping with their friends, and spending time at their lake place up north. However over all things, Judi was happiest when spending time with her family and friends. Her best days were spent in the bleachers at many athletic events watching her daughters or grandchildren compete in various activities. She also spent many hours listening to band and choir concerts, often in the front row with a tape recorder on her lap. She loved the color red, Christmas, and all types of music, and the stereo in her home was almost always playing some sort of seasonal music or hymns. Judi was also a very good cook and baker, and found great joy in sharing her baked goods with family and friends, especially at Christmas. She also had a great fondness for miniature poodles, and was owned by four of them over the course of the years, including her most recent faithful companion Buster Brown.
Judi was preceded in death by her husband John in October of 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Irene McDougall, her sister Carolyn McDougall, and her great-grandson Orion.
Judi is survived by her daughters Lori Cowman (Ed Smith) of Brooklyn Park, Kim Butenhoff (John) of Walla Walla, WA, and Nancy Hernandez of St. Peter, and her step-daughters Deb (Dale) Brandt of Horace, ND, Kris (Dale) Janning of Robbinsdale, and Ann (Rob) Nielsen of Prior Lake. She is also survived by her siblings Trish (Patrick) Hoagland of Broken Arrow, OK, Mike McDougall (Connie) of Las Cruces, NM, and Mark (Kathy) McDougall of Brookings, SD. She adored and is survived by eight grandchildren, Jacob, Joseph, Katelyn, Megan, Rochelle, Dacotah, Cole, and Rosie; and three great-granddaughters Raelynn, Harper and Milo and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service is 11:00 am Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter. Visitation is 4:00 -6:00 pm Monday at St. Peter Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church. Memorials preferred to First Lutheran Church.