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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Judy!

Happy birthday, Judy!

Today would have been Judy's 78th birthday. I don't remember how we connected with her back in 2007 on, but we became very close friends and pen pals. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 and in 2009 after my last break up, I told her I'd like to take a trip to Wisconsin to see her and the Packers. Sadly, in early January 2010 she stopped signing onto Facebook. In March 2010 I left her a comment asking how she was and her friend replied that she had passed away on January 31, 2010 (ironically, nan was buried on January 31... I held both women dear... nan family of course, but Judy was a mentor as well). I sent her husband and son a sympathy card and commented my condolences to his Facebook. I was heart broken. I wrote this for her:

Judy was a wonderful woman and although I never had the chance to meet her in real life, she was like a second mother to me. She helped me through two rough break-ups, through the storms of major depression and yet we had many laughs together through many good times. I'm going to miss not being able to write her and sending her pictures of my parties, from holidays with the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus (Emma, her granddaughter, loved the Easter Bunny pictures) and of course my poetry for her to critique. I am also going to miss the e-mails of encouragement, because that is what Judy was best at. Despite the rough patches, she'd encourage everyone to get back up, brush yourself off, and try again. Failure wasn't in her lingo and that's what I admired most about her.

Though I will not have the chance to write her again or get comments from her via Facebook about notes of my writings that got published or were going to get published (and needed feedback) and pictures, she is still with me in spirit and in my heart. Though her presence is no longer on Earth, her presence is in spirit. I am blessed that I had Judy as a friend and her kindness will always be apart of me, as well as a lot of people of the community.
We will miss you, Judy. Rest in peace.

Here are a few of my favorite items by her:
ID: 1499244 (13+)
On Being Thankful
My thoughts for a contest based on a quotation of why we should be thankful
by JudyB (173
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Proud to Have Served my Country
Recalling my three years in the Army
by JudyB (173

And the last time I held a birthday contest in 2008: "Jimmy's Birthday Party" by JudyB (173 .

I am a member of and made this for her: Judith K. Bierman  I miss Judy, just as I miss nan. I'm going to write a poem about her later.


  1. Judy sounded like a good person. It was kind of you to write this about her.

    1. I wish I had the chance to meet her. :( I think when I move, I might visit her burial place. Speaking of that... I need to visit nan's. We haven't visited in a year. :(