Judy K. Poth, 75

Judy Kay Poth, 75, of Hicksville, Ohio peacefully passed away in her sleep on March 24, 2023. Judy was born December 13, 1947, in Waynesville, Missouri, daughter of the late Minnie Bell (Wagner) Ogle. Judy grew up in Stoutland, Missouri, a small town deep in the heart of the Ozarks with her two younger sisters, Linda (Hage) and Debra (Dowdy). Her family had the town telephone switchboard in their living room, so Judy developed a great work ethic even at a young age. Something that would lead to her success as a business owner later in life. She graduated from Stoutland High School in 1965. As a teenager, while cruising the nearby famous Route 66 with her friend, Judy met the love of her life and soulmate, Robert Poth, a young soldier based at nearby Fort Leonard Wood driving a red convertible. He immediately asked her out on a date, which happened to be going to church the next day. Legend has it that Judy confided with the minister that day that this was the one she was going to marry and a couple of years later they were married, by the same minister, on March 19, 1966. It was a marriage that would last over 57 years.

The newlyweds immediately moved back to Hicksville to start a new life. Judy was a devoted mother and homemaker for the first few years in Hicksville, helping out at the schools and other community functions. She and Bob were active members of the First Church of Christ a passion that continues to this day. Later, after her two oldest sons, Todd and Heath, were in school. Judy, with the help and support of Bob, decided to follow her entrepreneurial spirit and open a small local health food store called The Vitamin and Herb Shop in 1981. Shortly after starting this venture, her third son, Appollo, was born and she found herself being both a business owner and mother to a newborn, a challenge she handled with ease. Judy’s sage advice and extensive knowledge of holistic health was revolutionary for the time. Being a certified Iridolgist (eye reading), she attracted clients from across the country and the world. Helping countless people live their best and healthiest life for well over 30 years.

Judy was a true animal lover. She treated her pets as family a constant companion both at home and while traveling from Peewee to Johnny with many others in between. Her love for her animals was part of who she was.

She was also a traveler at heart and enjoyed adventures across the United States with her family visiting numerous national parks and all 50 states on multiple vacations and trips. She also spearheaded multiple camping, canoeing, and rafting trips. On a side note, Judy and Bob’s world-famous homemade campsite onion rings were always a camp favorite. Above all, Judy cherished spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving is her loving husband of 57 years, Bob Poth of Hicksville, Ohio; three sons, Todd (Becca) Poth of Stateline, Nevada, Heath Poth of Hicksville, Ohio, and Appollo (Kamila) Poth of Stateline; Nevada; daughter, Julie Wellisley of Kernersville, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Amber Poth Spencer Sunderland, Brennan Stinebuck, Katelyn Graza, Zada Poth, Ayah Poth, Yara Poth, Nathaniel Wellisley, and Nicholas Wellisley; three great-grandchildren, Natalie Laney, Maverick Laney, and Lila Garza; sister, Linda Hage of Stoutland, Missouri. Judy was preceded in death by her mother Minnie Bell Ogle, and one sister, Debra Dowdy.

Visitation for Judy will be held Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 118 North Main Street, Hicksville. A memorial service celebrating Judy’s life will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the church with Minister Jerold Tear officiating. Inurnment will follow in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Arrangements are in the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 706 North Main Street, Hicksville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Church of Christ, Hicksville.

 Condolences may be sent to the family or memories may be shared at www.oberlinturnbull.com


First Church of Christ- Hicksville

    118 North Main Street
    Hicksville, OH 43526


First Church of Christ- Hicksville

  • 118 North Main Street
    Hicksville, Ohio 43526


Forest Home Cemetery

  • North Main Street
    Hicksville, Ohio 43526

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