Judy Lynn (Byers) Provence, 74, left this life Wednesday, April 19, 2017 after a 10 year battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Services will be held Saturday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m., at the Fairview Road Church of Christ, 201 S. Fairview, Columbia.

She was born April 18, 1943 in Houston, Texas.

Judy married Jim on August 4, 1962 in Houston while attending Abilene Christian College (University). They said they grew up together - not that they lived in the same neighborhood, but they met the world when they thought they knew all the answers. The learning process set in, thereby causing them to grow up together.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; daughter, Michele and son-in-law David Parker; son Todd and daughter-in-law Laura Provence; grandchildren, Brayden, Jaclyn, Madelyn and Kylee Parker of Columbia; and Kaleb, Taylor and Kamie Provence of Searcy, Ark.; two sisters, Shirley Jackson and Betty Wilkins of Tomball, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Herbert and Opal Byers and a sister Jackie Neville.

In dealing with COPD, Judy often felt she had an elephant sitting on her chest, and she did not want six feet of dirt on her chest after life. She was told numerous times the statistics were against her living much longer. In those instances, she summoned the courage to live one more day. She and Jim discussed those times wondering where the courage came from. She simply said, “It was a God thing.”

While in Kentucky, her pulmonologist stood looking at her in disbelief following nine weeks in a vent hospital. He said it had to be something bigger than him that healed her. Feeling smug, she knew what got her out of the hospital. “It was a God thing.”