Judi's Memorial Service
Memorial Service at Emory United Methodist Church, Street, MD on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 2pm. A reception at the church with family will follow the service.
A message from the family:
Judi was the kindest, most optimistic and generous person. Her cheery personality could lighten anyone's spirits. With a life centered around sharing her talents and enthusiasm, she touched so many in her short 59 years. Her family, friends and colleagues will miss her always, finding comfort in her legacy of beneficence, sincerity and warmth.
Judi grew up in a "tough" urban neighborhood in South Philadelphia, where church, family and study dominated her day-to-day life. After moving to Maryland and marrying Earl, she tried her hands at farm work … for about a week or two. Clearly her true calling was a contagious love of making music and devotion to working with children.
Music unified Judi's life. As a soloist for the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, as well as other local music groups, she perfected her skills as an oboist and took an active role in the community. Teaching instrumental music in Harford County Public Schools, she inspired leagues of blossoming musicians who've kept in touch over the years, sending cards and inviting her to graduation ceremonies and weddings. Her private music students think of her as not only an instructor but also a mentor. With boundless energy, she was forever running from concert to recital to rehearsal to performance. In her last few days, listening to recordings of the Emory Musicians and Emory Choir comforted her.
Judi was the rock of our family; she kept us close. Never wavering from her commitment to loved ones, she brought out the best in us. When someone married into the family, she immediately embraced them like they were cherished life-long relatives -- in fact, she welcomed all those she met with open arms. Just the tone of her voice was enough to make you feel important, cared for, supported. She was our sunshine.
We ask those who knew Judi to jot down some of their favorite memories of her and e-mail them to email@example.com, or mail them to the farm at 3642 Mill Green Rd., Street, MD 21154. The hope is that through this collection of reminiscences her present and future grandchildren will learn about her from as many perspectives as possible.
Contributions in the name of Judith Lloyd Famous may be made to the Emory Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 94, Street, MD 21154.
We’d like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, gifts and presence.