In Loving Memory of




Judy Jean (Broutman) Tison (69) of Gainesville, FL—beloved daughter, sister, wife, relative, friend, neighbor, and pet whisperer—passed away on December 25, 2020 at her home in Gainesville. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only a small number of family and friends will be gathering in person for a celebration of Judy’s life. Attendees of the in-person event are asked to be in good health, wear a CDC approved face mask, and observe social distance guidelines. All are welcome to view the service live via a Zoom online event at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020.  Please follow the link listed below the obituary for access to the online event.

Family and friends will remember Judy as petite in size, and extra-large in heart and spirit. She will be greatly missed. 

Judy was born on April 14, 1951 to Carol Ann and Stanford Arthur Broutman, in the town of Muskegon, Michigan. She spent much of her childhood years playing outside and getting into (and eventually out of) trouble. In 1984 she married John “J.L.” Tison, the love of her life, and together they enjoyed hiking, horseback riding, and boating. Judy carried an enormous capacity for humor, and was never one to forget a funny story. 

A Master’s Degree holder from Stetson University in DeLand, FL, Judy was a guidance counselor at several K-16 schools throughout Alachua County, Florida and beyond. Judy devoted her energy to students, enriching the lives of countless young adults. She gave compassion freely to all those around her, and was a treasured advisor and confidant. Throughout her life, Judy challenged us all to live with more love, faith, and empathy. Her tenacity was evident through her belief in people, commitment to others, and will to live.

Judy is predeceased in death by her parents (Carol Ann and Stanford Arthur Broutman) and a sister (Susan Knott). She is survived by her husband (John Tison) and sisters Leslie True and Amy Schultz, her family by birth, her family by marriage, and her extended family built through love. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at and Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm at 

Condolences, photos and stories may be left in Judy’s online guestbook at


*Please follow the link below to access and Join the Zoom online event.* 

Follow Zoom’s instructions.  Meeting ID: 882 8471 0319

Arrangements under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL, 32609 352-378-2528.

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5 Responses

  1. Lauri Holt Schwab at · Reply

    Judy is fondly remembered by the Mona Shores Class of 1969. She was sweet, a little sassy, and a small bundle of fun. Later, she was a determined tiger, a fighter to the end. She left her mark and will be missed.

  2. Dale E. Williams at · Reply

    Judy Tison chose a profession that actually chose her. Her demeanor was authentic filled with warmth, and care. The bond she cultivated with friends, students, faculty and staff will forever be remembered. I will always remember her genuine friendship. She embodied so many Christian principles. These same attributes grew our special friendship. A lovely person who I am already missing. God’s peace be with her loving husband, JL, her faithful sisters and other family members.
    In Peace,

  3. Karen Dobberstein Good at · Reply

    Rest In Peace, Judy. You were a wonderful friend at MSHS….kind, fun, and happy. I am so glad we reconnected through Facebook and in person in Muskegon once. You touched so many lives and will certainly be missed♥️

  4. Emilie Welz at · Reply

    I worked with Judy at Talbot Elementary School….She was the most caring loving person always there for others. So proud to have been blessed through the years with her love and friendship.. I will miss her very much…God called another angel home where she is safe and well. May Gods Blessings and his peace be with her family , J.L. her husband and devoted sisters, and all other family members….Rest in Peace Judy . You will forever be in my heart and missed . with love and prayers Emilie Welz

  5. Mary Rodgers at · Reply

    Mary & John Rodgers – January 1, 2021

    We are so grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to know Judy. She was a lovely person, so caring and kind. She will be sorely missed. Sending our heartfelt condolences to JL and the entire family.

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