HURON — It was a beautiful spring morning, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, that my wife, partner and best friend passed away from this life.
So many memories of those years. Most good — I made a few not — but through them all she never lost sight of us, and for that I am forever blessed and grateful.
Judy was born in Fostoria to Richard and Mary (Fry) Rader. She was the oldest of four girls. She leaves in this life her partner-in-crime, sister Linda (Denny) Hoerig of Tiffin, and the victim of those crimes, sister Susan (Rusty) Messersmith of McCutchenville, Ohio. She is reunited in the next life with baby sister Becky who passed in 2008.
She grew up in Tiffin on Perry Street, then moved to the country and attended Mohawk High School. She didn’t get the opportunity to graduate, but in 1988 she worked for and received her GED, of which she was proud and we were proud of her.
Judy worked early in life in factories in the Upper Sandusky area, notably Millington Plastics. She was a hard worker, a go-getter, she worked hard for what she had. It was during these years she was married to David Beidelschies. From their marriage she had three sons. In this life she leaves the oldest, Tom (Barb) of Sycamore, Ohio, and her baby, Dan (Meghan) of Huron. She is reunited in the next life with her middle son, Jimmy “Cheese” who passed in 2014. That one hit her hard. No child before the parent hit home and was so true. She lost a piece of her heart that day.
Judy and I married in 1976 and it was life on. We moved to Huron in 1978 and it’s been home since. In her second life Judy was a waitress at the Brown Derby for 13 years and a few years part-time at the Showboat. Good times.
Then she became an STNA and retired from the Erie County Care Facility, The Meadows, after 20 years. Judy enjoyed her jobs, and the people she worked with, and they enjoyed working with her. She had lots of friends; she was a worker but had fun. She loved dressing up for the holidays at work.
In her home life Judy liked to read, was crafty — there was always a home project — yard work, gardening and monitoring the hood from her front window.
In 2003 sister Becky started Scented Memories Candles and Gifts. Judy joined her and for the next five years, until Becky got sick, they did craft shows in Ohio from Dayton to Toledo to the islands and a couple times in Michigan. Judy loved this, but it was the time she spent with Becky that she enjoyed the most.
Judy enjoyed being at home — outside talking with the neighbors — always with kids around.
She leaves in this life “adopted” son, Matt (Taylor) Finney, and their sons, Zander and Dalton, whom she babysat and watched grow up. She loved her Dalton; niece, Amanda, the daughter she never had; and special sister-in-law, JoEllen, whom she was always worrying over.
Parents are truly blessed when they get to live near their children and watch them grow and become a family, and especially true when you get that opportunity with your grandkids. That was the situation for Judy and our grandson, Austin. Living right across the street, each is a part of the other’s daily life, and Austin was the apple of his mamma’s eye. Austin has heard that his whole life, but it’s so true. Austin could do no wrong. Until her health started to decline she loved going to whatever school activity he was involved in. She was so proud of his accomplishments on the field and in the classroom and her face just beamed standing with him at graduation, so proud of the young man he has become.
Judy loved Meghan and was always amazed at her talents no matter the task. And she was comforted that you completed the family at 523.
Dan made all that possible and the love she had for him, and him for her, should be experienced between all mothers and sons. “Don’t mess with my mom.”
There will be no services. Judy didn’t want a gathering to mourn her death — but a celebration of her birth and life. So July 27 will be the first Judy Terry Day in the hood. Please join us. Time and place will be published closer to the date. Judy lived a full and well-lived life.
A special thanks to Dr. Oberer for being Judy’s doctor for the past 20-plus years, and Stein Hospice for their truly amazing people.
My honey — if what we believe is true this is not goodbye. I will be seeing you and what a joy it will be - your husband Steve.