Judith Ann "Judy" Schmidt - Naylor
25 October, 2007 by troy glidden
Mrs. Judith Ann "Judy" Schmidt - Naylor, 63, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 12:10 a.m., on Thursday, October 25th, 2007 while in the company of family members at Pleasant View Home, Inman, Kansas.
Judith Ann Naylor, the daughter of Ora Lee and Hattie Mae (Glass) Clawson, was born on October 20, 1944 at Raton, New Mexico. She was the youngest of three children born to this union, one son and two daughters: Larry, Linda, and Judy. She attended the Lewis grade schools and the Lewis High School, Lewis, Kansas.
On November 21, 1965 Judy was united in marriage to Richard Gary Schmidt at Lewis, Kansas. The young couple established their first home together in Goodland, Kansas. This union was blessed with the birth of a daughter, Sonia. Judy was a homemaker and she began taking classes to receive her CMA (Certified Medical Aide) License. She worked for several long term care homes and enjoyed her work with the residents making them feel at home. This was a true calling for Judy and she took her job very seriously. One could say she was a real advocate for the aged and truly cared about them and the care they received. Judy continued her education and later received her CNA (Certified Nurses Aide) license. On June 13, 1988 Judy and Sonia and their families were deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Gary.
On June 21, 1997 Judy was united in marriage to Donald L. Naylor at McPherson, Kansas where the couple established their home together. This union brought together, Judy’s daughter Sonia and Don’s daughters, Christine, Lois, and Rebecca. Judy continued her nursing at local long term care facilities until 2006. Judy and Don joined the First United Methodist Church where Judy also became a member of the United Methodist Women and participated in the Lamplighter Circle. Judy was also a member of the Red Hat Society, a women’s group in town. Through the years she worked at care homes in Stockton, Russell, Kinsley, Inman, and McPherson, Kansas. On April 4, 2006 Judy was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next several months she put up a courageous battle against cancer.
Judy was a faithful Christian, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and caretaker. She was very proud of her daughter and step daughters and always wanted the best for them. She was especially fond of her grandchildren always looking forward to their visits and times they would share together. Judy was a person that you wanted on your side and would fight for others and their rights. She was known to be a little bull headed or stubborn especially on issues she knew she was right. She always held her ground. She spent many enjoyable hours crocheting and making things such as afghans for her family, friends, and residents that she took care of. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her dogs. Judy “adopted” a couple of dogs over the years, with the ready assistance of daughter Sonia. These dogs found a special place in Judy’s heart and would frequently be found lying at her feet.
Judy’s spirit and personality were evident the last several months as she battled her cancer. The loss of hair didn’t faze Judy and she proudly sported the bald look. She was fondly known as the “bald headed grandma”.
Judy’s outlook remained optimistic and she frequently had a smile to share with those around her. When you would stop by to see her or call to talk with her—she was always “FINE” and never complained.
Mrs. Judith A “Judy” Schmidt - Naylor, 63, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 12:10 a.m., Thursday, October 25th, 2007 while in the company of family members at Pleasant View Home, Inman, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gary Schmidt, and a brother Larry Clawson.
Surviving members of her family include her loving and devoted husband, Don Naylor, of McPherson, Kansas; her daughter, Sonia Shepard and her husband Stephen, of Ellsworth, Kansas; her sister, Linda Day and her husband Joe, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; sister-in-law, Glenda Sittner, of Lewis, Kansas; her stepdaughters, Christine Naylor of Wichita, Kansas, Lois DeWald and her husband Kurt, of Russell, Kansas, and Rebecca Terronez and her husband Woody, of Haysville, Kansas; her grandchildren, Cody Shepard and his significant other Daisy, Monica Shepard, Brandy Shepard, Lisa DeWald, Kayla DeWald, Jeremiah Terronez, and has one grandchild due any day.
Friends are invited to call on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.
The funeral service will be conducted by Reverend Harold Nelson, and Reverend H. Dick Reynolds, Jr., at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church, McPherson, Kansas. Special music “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace” will be played by Shirley Lewis, organist. “The Dance” by Garth Brooks will be played.
The graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at the Stockton Cemetery, Stockton, Kansas with Reverend Harold Nelson presiding.
Memorial contributions may be given to McPherson Humane Society or Reno County Hospice and can be sent in care of the Glidden - Edgier Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
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