I heard the sad news the way we often hear news these days, a private post on Facebook from a friend saying, “Judy passed away”. Oh no! Judy had commented on my blog recently, slipping in her pithy statements and always making me smile. We had missed visiting with her in Desert Hot Springs this past winter, when she said that she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to join us. Later in the spring she mentioned to me in a private post that she had sold her little motorhome, the one she drove back home to family in 2018.
We said, “Well then, we will see you in February when we come south”. A visit to Jojoba Hills was in order. It was time to see Judy’s new park model.
Judy and Mo and I weren’t what you would call “close” friends, but we were definitely good friends who laughed a lot in each other’s company. We were distant enough friends that her family had no clue to let us know that she was gone, or that she was sick. In her typical style, if she was sick, she didn’t let us know, and we hadn’t heard from her in a bit of time, so the news was a shock.
Thinking of Judy, no longer in this world, made me really sad. Most of the readers of my blog will remember Judy, and our visits with her over the years. Many readers of my blog were also readers of Judy’s blog, Travels with Emma. Judy was an amazing fountain of bird knowledge, with all her years volunteering in wildlife refuges throughout the country expanding her skills. She shared that knowledge with an open heart, writing with humor and detail about her refuge experiences, and always willing to show folks around on her refuge of the year if they happened to pass nearby.
I know most readers have their own memories of Judy’s blog, and their own stories, but I wanted to remember Judy and repost some of the photos of the times we spent together. Judy had many photos of birds in her blog, but only rarely had pictures of herself.
The orange highlights are links to the blogposts.
From Judy’s Blog January 2014 The Oregonians Arrive
January 2014 Judy Finds the Spoonbills
January 2015 Imperial NWR with Judy
June 2015 Visiting Judy at Harris Beach
August 2015 Bird Lady Visits Rocky Point
Judy stayed in our cabin at Rocky Point and we went birding, kayaking, and exploring in the Klamath Basin
January 2016 Visiting Judy in Jojoba Hills
February 2018 Hanging with Judy in February 2018
We will miss you, Judy, your incredible knowledge of birds, your dry and witty sense of humor most of all.