Cover photo for Judy "Jude" Roberts's Obituary
Judy "Jude" Roberts Profile Photo

Judy "Jude" Roberts

November 24, 1949 — November 9, 2022

Judy "Jude" Roberts

Judy “Jude” Roberts, 72, of Exira, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family.

Judy Marlene, the daughter of Anton and Velma (Dorsey) Petersen, was born November 24, 1949, at her parents’ home in Atlantic, Iowa. She attended Atlantic Community Schools, graduating with the Class of 1968. Following high school, she attended American Academy of Beauty in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating in 1970.

On February 28, 1970, she was united in marriage to Howard Paulsen. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Darcie. She was employed at the Good Tip Top Salon in Atlantic and also did hair at the Exira Care Center. In May of 1977, she opened Judy’s Beauty Salon which she owned and operated for the next 22 ½ years. She was united in marriage to Jeffrey Roberts on December 18, 1981. After closing the beauty salon she helped care for her granddaughter, Sydnee for three years before working at Jumbo Jacks Cookbooks in Audubon. In 2008, Jude started working in the business office at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital and as a para educator in the Exira Community School District. She retired in May of 2016, but one to not sit still, she worked part-time as a substitute for the Exira/EHK School District and also worked at T.J.’s Pourhouse in Exira.

Jude was a member of the Exira Lutheran Church. She loved spending her free time outdoors, but most of all she cherished the time spent with her family and friends, especially her granddaughters.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Max Petersen and Jim Petersen; and her sisters, LaVern (Bud) Martens and Roberta (Earl) Christensen.

Jude is survived by her daughter, Darcie (Matt) Jorgensen of Exira; grandchildren: Alexis (Matt) Luck of Dover, Minnesota, Sydnee (fiancé, Tyson Partridge) Young of Exira, and Mayne Jorgensen of Exira; great-granddaughter, Isla Luck of Dover, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Janet Petersen of Atlantic and Jean Petersen of Exira; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Exira Event Center in Exira.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Exira Lutheran Church with Pastor Kelley Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in the Exira Cemetery.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Jude's family and her arrangements.

Condolences may be left at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Judy "Jude" Roberts, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Friday, November 11, 2022

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Starts at 3:00 pm

Exira Lutheran Church ELCA

106 E Harrison St, Exira, IA 50076

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Exira Cemetery

, Exira, IA 50076

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 3178

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree