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JUDY GERARD Obituary
JUDY GERARD Judy Miller Gerard, born in 1922 in Kenefic, Okla., completed her journey in this life and returned home Nov. 8, 2012. Judy was a loving, wise woman; wife of Father George Gerard; mother, to Eric and Glenna; and more-than-a friend to many. She was a living example of loving kindness, charity and gratitude. Her departure will leave an absence in the hearts of many. When Judy was a girl, she lived on a farm. She was a hard worker and could do more, more efficiently and beautifully than almost anyone. Her connection with her God ran strong and deep and was a joy and a support that provided her with the steadiness, peace and charity she shared with others. Judy married George Gerard in 1947. Before he died, he would say, "Marrying Judy was the best thing I ever did." When George became an Episcopal priest, Judy brought love, wisdom, grace and organization to support his ministry and helped countless people with her unique counsel and loving wisdom. Judy Gerard was a lifelong learner. She embodied curiosity, about almost everything. She was a self-educated teacher of language, healthcare management services, nutrition, yoga, office management, and much more! At 12, she taught herself how to play the piano and played it and the organ for the rest of her life, at home and at church. At 87, she continued to be approached by people to help with editing, organizing and life's challenges. In 2008, she was celebrated by the Nevada Press Association with the "Best Local Non-Staff Column Award" for Senior Focus in the Henderson Home News. We will all remember her "to ponder" e-mails, inviting us to reflect on life and the wonder and awe of it. Judy lived her life with joy, humor, wonder and love. She was truly a hero to many of us. We will miss her and we will honor her memory every day in the many ways we have become more generous, loving, wise, peace-filled and kind through knowing her. Judy is survived by her daughter, Glenna; and a vast number of more-than-friends who count her as a sister, mother and part of their extended families. Memorial Mass will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, with reception to follow, both at New Song Church, 1291 Cornet St., Henderson.

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