Sunday, December 2, 2012

Memorial Service

We had a nice Memorial Service for Mom.  I took some pictures after to share with you all.  

We had one of mom's favorite songs played "In The Garden"  Many of the Journal Entries were read.

TraciBug shared this:

My Mom

My mom was born Judith Ann Nold on January 3, 1944 to Orian & Viola Nold in Gettysburg, SD.  She was a loving daughter, sister, friend, cousin, wife, mother, Aunt, Grandmother, traveler, artist, animal lover, band geek, singer, pianist, 4H ist (if that is even a word), comedian, hat enthusiast and blogger ... just to name a few.

Mom spent her first 5 years living on the family farm in Gettysburg and then moved into town.  As a child she went hunting with her dad and helped on the farm.  She had a lot of cousin to play with growing up and the cousins felt that mom was their protector.  As Mom got older she learned to play the piano, sang in the All state Choir, played the flute and piccolo in band and was in 4H.  Growing up she was given the nickname bug by one of her Aunts and throughout the years it changed to doodlebug and then to JudiBug.

Mom married and became a mother of two.  Being an Air Force wife she lived in Sherman, TX, Rhine Mine, AFB, Germany; Holloman AFB, NM; and then came to Brooks AFB, TX.  She worked outside of the home, while in New Mexico she worked at the PX and then for Presto manufacturing.  When we moved to San Antonio she worked for Scobey Moving and Storage, Economics Laboratory, Salem Sayers Baptist Church as the bookkeeper and retired from Tex-Tel communications.

Mom was very artistic.  Growing up I remember she had many hobbies ... such as Tri Chem, latch hook, crocheting afghans, dolls, pillows etc, needle point, decorating Tshirts, making jewelry, panting, quilting and making graphics ... just to name a few.

She loved the color red (our splash of red today is in her memory) yellow, brown, rust ... (a lot of earth tones ... totally different than mine -- maybe that's why we never shopped much together).

Mom wasn't born in Texas but she was a Texan.  She loved Bluebonnets, chili peppers, going to the rodeo and anything western themed.

Mom saw my brother and me get married and start our own families.  With us kids gone mom's "adventurous" side emerged .... the mystery of where I got my sense of adventure was finally solved.  Mom traveled to many places .. California, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Dublin Ireland, France and Switzerland to name a few.

Mom's hobby the last couple of years was blogging.  Mom created a cat blog featuring her cats Sammy and Andy and started making graphics.  Mom always had a love for hats and began hatting others in her blogging community.  This consisted of cutting out a picture of a hat and placing it into another picture on top of a cat or dogs head.  Mom was loved and known for her hatting on the blog.  Mom didn't get out much (which drove me nuts) but she belonged to a wonderful community of friends from all over the world who loved her dearly.   Just one of the many comments to her passing was "Your mother left a lasting imprint on many.  She will be missed."  And there is no doubt in my mind that my mother did make a lasting imprint in many, many lives.

It was very important for me to let you all know about my mother, and to remind my family of who she was. We weren't really close growing up, but God brought us back together about 10 years ago.  We started out going on adventures to Los Maples, Canyon Lake to see the Blue bonnets, trips to the River Walk, Sunken Gardens, pumpkin patches and many other places.  During this time, little did I know that God had another plan in mind that would bring her to live with me and the girls.  I thank God for the time I got to spend with my mother and feel blessed that I got to know her.

TraciBug shared the Poem for Judi that was on Auntie Deb's Blog.

LaurynBug got up and shared a dream that she had the night before Mimi passed and she knows it was God's way of letting her see "healthy" Mimi one last time and Mimi will always be watching over us and that we need to remember the "healthy" mimi and not the one that got sick. 

The Crew From left to right starting from the bottom row
Viola (Mom's Mother), Lyn (Mom's Sister), KorinnaBug, Me.
Row2:  Chris (Kim's boyfriend), Kent (Mom's son), LaurynBug, Connor (Lauryn's boyfriend), Kristina (cousin), Tyler (Mom's Nephew).  Row 3 Kimberly (granddaughter), Chrystal (granddaughter), Amber (granddaughter), Deb (daughter in law, Kent's wife)

Kristina, KorinnaBug, Me, LaurynBug and Connor

The heart wreath was made with Love by LaurynBug

 A better picture of the flowers

We also had a Power Point slide show ... We are trying to figure out how we can share it on the blog.

Sir Andy, Shelly & Sierra
TraciBug, LaurynBug & KorinnaBug


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

This was lovely. I see that you had a pic of Miss Judi Bug... Wearing one of her Beloved HATS.

There were many many tributes posted. We hope, when you have some time, you will go check them out.

Miss Judi Bug Touched a LOT of our lives.

Fuzzy Tales said...

That was a lovely post and tribute and we appreciate your posting it. I wish I had known those things about Judi while she was alive, not just the blogging Judi.

Peace and Blessings.

Brian said...

Thanks for sharing that with all of us. We will love and remember Aunt Judi forever. Hugs from all of us.

The Florida Furkids said...

It was so thoughtful of you to share with us. We biggified the picture with the hat!! Judi will be missed by many.

The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

rottrover said...

Thank you for sharing this, Traci. It can't have been easy. Your mom welcomed me when I was a new blogger with her easy Texas hospitality which was so kind. I'm glad you became closer to her in recent years. Hoping, too, that you continue the blog. We're all her for you!


What a beautiful memorial. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

Unknown said...

We were new and so never shared as much as the rest of Blogville. However we say that the lovely lady which is obvious she was will be missed by many. What a beautiful legacy for Blogville. We hope someone takes on the hatting as a fine tribute and keep her memory alive. Love, hugs and prayers.

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your Mom. She did indeed touch so many, and we will never, ever forget her. Much love and hugs to you all.

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

THis is a beautiful tribute. Thank you so much for sharing your beloved Mother with us. We will miss her greatly

Random Felines said...

what a lovely tribute. we hope those happy memories will carry you through this..... purrs

The Adventures of Scarlett and Melly said...

Thanks for sharing this, Traci. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Cory said...

Thank you for sharing. Surrounding your family with continued warm purrrs.

Fenris and Family said...

The heart wreath is beautiful and the tribute is lovely. We enjoyed learning more about JudiBug. We are so very sorry for your loss. ~Alasandra, Socks, Scylla & Fenris

Elizabeth Munroz said...

Thank you so much for posting these lasting memories and providing closure for so many of us who loved her from afar. May peace and love be her legacy to you all.

Mo and The Purries said...

A lovely memorial. She will live forever in our hearts.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

What a beautiful memorial. And thank you for being willing to share with her virtual community something so personal.

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

A lovely memorial and the photo of Judi is just spectacular in her hat..a lovely woman I wish we had gotten to know better.

May she never be far from a field of bluebonnets...

Tom, Mom Julie, Mitty, Tinker & Anastasia

Nikita and Elvira said...

A wonderful tribute!

Purrs and purrayers for all of you!

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

What a beautiful post and tribute to a beautiful lady and friend to all. Thank you for sharing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Laila, Minchie and Mom Peggy

The Island Cats said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your mother with all of us. She was a special lady loved by many. We send you all purrs, prayers and hugs.

Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

Shawn said...

Thanks for sharing the eulogy and giving us another glimpse of a life well lived. Judi will live in the hearts of many friends whose lives she touched,

Harry Spotter said...

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely mother. She will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing your heart warming trubute with us.

Old Kitty said...

Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful memories of angel JudiBug. She truly was a most talented and creative person - full of joy and love. She will be forever loved, missed and always remembered.

Take care

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

A beautiful tribute to Judi. Thank you for sharing your precious memories with us.

The Cat Guy said...

I join with the others in saying thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to Judi. I will always remember her for her kind comments and her playful sense of humor with the hatting of cats!

Nolls Nip said...

Thank you for sharing. I will always remember her as Mamabug. Such a wonderful, funny and friendly lady.

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

A wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing. Judi will always be in the heart of all those whose lives she has touched.

Hugs to the family.

Robyn Harton said...

So lovely. Sending *hugs* and love from me and the Hotties

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

We are so very sorry for your loss, but so glad JudiBug is no longer suffering. It looks like it was a lovely service. Please give each other hugs from us and scritches for her beloved kitties.

Junior, Orion, Sammy and Meowm Rhonda

Two French Bulldogs said...

Sending hugs, what a nice post
Benny & Lily

Mickey's Musings said...

That sounded like a wonderful memorial. Thank you for sharing the story about your Mom's life.She was a special woman. I send you all virtual hugs and comfort through my thoughts and prayers.
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie
and mom Nancy

Sparkle said...

What a lovely tribute and memorial to a very, very lovely lady. Judi left a big hole in our kitty community when she left.

Unknown said...

Beautiful tribute! Thanks for sharing.
We sends you lots of comforting purrs

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

My Sunday transport was dedicated to this special lady and human

I took along...and favorite and most special hat

Thanks for sharing her with the world once again

Khyra's Mom

Sweet Purrfections said...

Beautiful tribute to your mom and our friend, Judi. She will be missed.

Marilia said...

So beautiful memorial.

Marilynn said...

What a magnificent blog post and tribute to your mom! We truly love her and her friendliness and her artsiness and on and on! She was marvelous, and it's clear her care for people and animals has passed on to her daughters.

Don't forget us ... we won't forget all of you!



K9 Katastrophie said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Katastrophies

The Chair Speaks said...

A lovely tribute! Thank you for sharing. She will be missed. Purrs!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. You wrote out some wonderful memories about your mom. I love that you shared all of the amazing things she did. I wish so much that I could give all of you a hug. Your mom is safe with our Lord, and Savior. We are left behind with the very broken hearts.
She really did have a full and wonderful life, and all of you are marvelous children.
We have been praying for all of you and we will continue
Love, Rosemary and Pierro and Miles

Karen Jo said...

The service sounds wonderful, so full of love and good memories.

Anonymous said...

Ms.JudiBug will be missed. So sorry for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen said...

checking in to see how everyone and everycat is doing?

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