In memory of

Judy M. Roybal, age 75, of Helena

March 2, 1944 – November 28, 2019

Long time Helena, MT resident, Judy May Roybal, age 75, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Park Place Healthcare Center in Great Falls. Judy was born on March 2, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska to Virgil and Flossie Hansen.

She met Richard Roybal and they were married in September of 1966 in Cody, Wyoming.

Judy spent most her career working as a secretary. She enjoyed sewing, rosette making, and making her famous salsa.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, sister Joann, and her husband, Richard Roybal.

She is survived by her brother, Gary Hansen and wife Barb; sister, Joyce Claudson and husband Rommie; and sons Richard Roybal, Roger Roybal and granddaughter, Shannon Roybal.

A viewing will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2019 at First Assembly of God Church, 2210 Dodge Ave in Helena. Funeral services will follow the viewing at 11:00 a.m., with a reception taking place directly after the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Burial will follow the reception at Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Judy’s name be made to Music with a Mission, 2210 Dodge Ave, Helena, MT 59601. Retz Funeral Home is caring for Judy and her family. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Judy.



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  1. Larry Petty says

    Judy was my secretary for 30yrs with my Insurance Business with New York Life in Helena. She was a wonderful person & I was very fortunate to have her for that period of time as my assistant. We will all miss you, Judy. GOD BLESS

  2. Gayle Carpenter says

    Spent many wonderful years working with Judy in the Missionettes program. One of my first friends when I came to Helena. I will always cherish our friendship and antics.

  3. Carol Merlau says

    We will miss you Judy.

  4. Sharon Flynn says

    Tony and Roger, Your Mom was the best! We all had such good times over the years. She was gave her all to the girls in Missionettes. She supported Rich and you boys in Royal Rangers. She could sing like the best. Her friendship was real!! Family meant a lot to her. She was so proud of Shannon. I call it a blessing to have loved and been loved by her. She loved you boys( I know you are men now) more than life it self. I am sorry but I know you have great memories and will be United again. My love and prayers, Sharon

  5. Leona and Christina Wetherall says

    Judy was an angel while she was here on earth, loving, kind, a true friend and willing to give her all no matter what was needed. We will miss her but know that she is singing in heaven along with Rich. May God watch over you Tony, Roger and Shannon.

  6. Pastor Norm Christofferson says

    A wonderful lady who was a gift to all who knew her. She and Rich came with us for one year when Neighborhood Assembly was planted in order to establish the Royal Ranger and Missionette programs. Two of the finest people ever!

  7. Anne Edinger says

    I have many wonderful memories with Judy. From her delicious cocoa frosted brownies, to playing card games late into the evenings, and thousands more. Her smile, cheerful presence and laughter will be missed. Thank you Judy for being a wonderful grandmother to our darling Shannon, and a wonderful bonus grandma to our sweet Garrett. You went above and beyond to accept, love and make feel appreciated both of my children and your example is a true model of faith and love.

  8. Lynn and Kathy says

    The world has lost one great lady. I know she will be sorely missed by family and friends. We had so many good memories over the years, including doing ice doughnuts in the old Gibson parking lot on New Year’s eve. The popcorn and movie nights as well. She was so sweet, kind,but also so very strong, more so than she knew. God used her greatly in so many ways. Tony, Roger and Shannon, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We know that we will see Judy and Rich again some day.

  9. Cissy Padgett says

    Judy was my best friend ever. She was generous, kind, faithful, creative, helpful, patient, a good listener, and always very supportive. I will miss her tremendously yet I am confident we will be reunited in Heaven one day. What a perfect example of a true believer in Jesus Christ. May her family appreciate knowing what a blessing she was to me and ANYONE she ever met. Her absence has left a hole in my heart, yet I am happy to know she is with her loving husband Rich and our Savior.

  10. Ken & Pat Ross says

    We were sorry to learn of Judy’s passing. She was a blessing to so many and will be greatly missed. Prayers for Tony, Roger and Shannon.

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