Judith Henricks Thornton

April 24, 1943 - December 29, 2013
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December 29, 2013. She was born April 24, 1943 in Aurora, IL to the late Ralph and Elizabeth (Kouth) Henricks. Judy worked as a travel agent for many years. She loved to travel and was fortunate to see many parts of the world. One of her very favorite ways to travel was to cruise. OtherContinue Reading

Jean Evans left a message on March 4, 2014:
Dear Judd and Lara and families, I was so shocked and saddened to discover your mother's obituary online today. My mother, Winifred or "Babe" and your mother's mother were step-sisters. Growing up I lived in Waterman, IL, not too far from Aurora and we saw each other quite a bit. Aunt "Bid" was one of my favorite aunts. Judy was older than me by about 10 years and we had lost touch over the years, but last year she called me and we were able to get back in touch. I always enjoyed speaking with her on the phone because she was always so joyful. Her laughter was contagious. Since I hadn't heard from her over the holidays, I finally thought that I'd better try to reach her, but discovered I couldn't. I miss her deeply already, especially since we had just gotten reunited. I am so so sorry for your loss. Jean Evans Sycamore IL P.S. I do decorate the graves of your maternal grandparents here and will continue to do so.
Connie DeBondt Dunning left a message on January 30, 2014:
Judd and Lara, I am so sad to hear of your mother's passing. Although I never have met you, your mother always spoke of you when we talked. I became friends with your mother when she and your father lived in Grinnell, Iowa. We became friends immediately and had so many wonderful times together in Grinnell and with her parents in Illinois. I never knew anyone that made me laugh more than your dear Mother. I will miss her phone calls and her beautiful spirit and laugh. I truly loved her! Connie DeBondt Dunning, Burnsville, MN
Kathleen reed left a message on January 30, 2014:
Judy and I became best friends in high school in Grinnell Iowa and just re connected in 2010, after many long years, and we spoke on the phone almost every month, I last talked to Judy some time around Thanksgiving and had been trying to reach her throughout the holidays, it is with deep sorrow that I found out about her condolences to her family. We had been planning on trying to get together this summer.
Robin Schweizer left a message on January 5, 2014:
Dear Judd and Laura, We have been your neighbors for over 12 years but have only have been blessed by really knowing you mother since your father's death. She frequently called and amused me with her fascinating stories which always included her love for Jim, her children and grandchild. My children spent more personal time with her assisting her with errands, electronics and heavy lifting. She was so gracious and lovely that it was always a pleasure to help her. We are all truly shocked and saddened by her passing. We will miss Cully as well. Our sincere condolences, The Schweizers
Douglas nelson left a message on January 4, 2014:
Was truly saddened hearing Judy had passed away.The last two years we kept in touch over the phone we had many long and funny conversations.all the fond memories of time past will always stay in my heart .I never have met you Judd and Lara but Judy spoke of you both often God bless you both and your family Im sure Judy will be Dearly missed by all! Sincerely Doug Nelson
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Don Nelson left a message on January 4, 2014:
There is so much to say about all the wonderful memories with Judy and all our relatives back east. My twin brother Doug and I were so lucky to go back to Illinois every year growing up. Judy was 6 years older than us and we were in love with her from the age of 8. She was beautiful, funny, kind and loviing. We all had wonderful famlies and got together every summer in Illinois.She was real close to my sister Kris, they were the same age.After Doug and I got out of high school in 1968 we went back and spent a week with Jim and Judy in Ithica New York. The drinking age was 18 so they took us to a dinner house with a bar. Boy did we drink and have a ball. They also took us sailing. Thanks for those great times Judy and Jim. When Judy was 23 she came back to Sacramento in 1966 and lived with our famliy for a short time. She got a job and Doug and I would fight over taking and picking her up from work. We always had a crush on Judy. I'm very sorry we didn't see Judy more after we started raising our own famlies. Life goes by so fast and sometimes we put things off. The last few years we kept in touch on the phone and my wife Jo became close to Judy even though they never met. We laughed alot on the phone and had a chance to talk about all the past times and great memories. Thank you Judy for all the fun times, the laughter, the smiles. You touched our hearts.with love. The best part is we will see you again in Heaven and do it all again with all our famlies in the arms of our Lord. Thank you , Don and Jo Nelson
Carolyn Zsoldos left a message on January 3, 2014:
Judy was a good family friend and we will miss her dearly. I always enjoyed talking with her and listening to her describe her adventures! Wishing nothing but peace for you all.
Arlene Eckell left a message on January 1, 2014:
Dear children, Knew your mother (and your father) throughout the 1980's and 1990's when your parents were customers in our store...Newark Newsstand. Your mother was one of the kindest sweetest people we had ever met. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. We are so sorry to hear about her passing. May your memories of her forever be a blessing.
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