Today has been a long day. I had to say goodbye to my dear, dear friend, Judith Ann Palmer. I can hear her bubbly laughter, see her plug her ears and sing "Lalalala" if someone was trying to gossip. I can hear her say, "Dahling, You looook maaah-veee-lous!" Judy wore shorts as often as possible and drove a convertible with her trusty Charlie Dog sitting beside her.
Friday I got to spend the entire day with her, sewing, laughing and admiring her new jewels....she'd discovered Brighton jewelry. Saturday I saw her for a few minutes and this morning she never woke up. I am devastated! Judy's dear husband has been ill and in and our of the hospital of late and she had just picked him up from his latest hospital stay last night. When we heard the sirens we thought they had come for Warren. Mr. Scottie Dog, Liz and I spent most of the day doing what little we could for the family and Bill is spending the night with Warren. Her daughter Bonnie will arrive from Hawaii on Tuesday and we'll know the details of the memorial service then.
Judy loved life. She loved Sydney as her own "Precious" and Syd adored her "Doo-Dee" as she called her years ago...now updated to Jude-Dude. She never said an unkind word about anybody, she loved dogs (especially her Charlie Dog).....when she worked at the store, she knew each customer by their dog's name! She adored the ocean, Alaska and never met a Batik fabric she didn't love. Her sewing machines were encrusted with Bling...crystals and stickers and sparkle.
Judy loved tea parties and we attended several. Here we are all dressed up with our gloves and pearls at the Eureka Inn a couple of years ago. She collected Tea Cup fabrics for a few years in order to make a quilt....she had so much fabric she made several full sized quilts, wall hangings, table runners and more. Just this past Spring she sewed a bunch of table runners and helped hold a Tea Party for the women at the Rescue Mission and then served them tea.
She had a huge heart and loved doing for others. We had so much fun together. Judy I miss you so much already. What am I going to do without you? You promised to come visit me in Minnesota!!!! My heart is aching.