Monday, September 30, 2013

I'll miss you Judy!

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.





9 comments:

BevH said...

Brenda, I am shocked! How can someone so full of life be suddenly gone? Heaven will be enhanced by this joyful, barefoot soul. My prayers for you and the rest of the Eureka quilting community.

Vicki Dillard said...

I'm so sad. A beautiful tribute to an awesome woman

Vicki Dillard said...

I'm so sad. A beautiful tribute to an awesome woman

Denisehyeong said...

It's so hard to explain the joy that was Judy to other people. Thank you for sharing your loving experience.

Hugs
dmf

Brigitte Fleck said...

Judy was one of a kind. She is so loved by so many, 2 legged and 4 legged.

Fiber Artist in Training said...

Everyone who knew her was embraced by her laughter, humor, and kindness. Our girls night out won't be the same without her. She will truly be missed.

Diane Wild said...

Sorry for the loss of your friend. Your memories will stay in your heart forever.

Carol said...

I hadn't known Judy for very long but I did know she had a love for fabric. She loved to encourage others to quilt. I know she loved her Charlie and Warren. I know she had so many best friends. I loved her smile. She was just fun to be around. I think she brought fun with her where ever she went. She loved her house and I agreed with her it was very beautiful. She treated everyone with love. I will miss her and forever remember the times we had together. She makes you smile just thinking about her. She was such a kick and just so darn much fun. Your tears will turn to smiles as you remember your time with Judy. You just have to smile because that is what she did..... Smile I miss you Judy

Melinda said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend. I know you will miss her.