Our sweet Judith Elaine Davids, was born in Wisconsin to the matrimonial union of Vivian Elaine Johnson and Troy Johnson. The family moved to Michigan when Judy was 4 years old. Judy graduated from South Lyon High School and later married Sean Patrick Davids on July 3rd, 1965. She began her working career at, and retired from, the University of Michigan, having rendered 43 years of dedicated service.
Judy’s mom learned the truth about Jehovah God from Jehovah’s Witnesses when Judy was a teenager. Her dad insisted Judy attend the Kingdom Hall with her mother. She lost her father at the age of 19 yet continued her bible studies and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Polo Grounds in New York in 1958. Judy and Sean were blessed with their only child, a daughter, Dawn Elaine Davids. The family moved to Ann Arbor, MI and after retirement moved to Muskegon.
Judy loved collecting and wearing jewelry, both antique and contemporary. She was an avid reader of books and writing stories. When the stove caught fire and dog food was found hidden in it, her son-in-law Keith requested a story on the incident, including the thoughts of the culprit, a named mouse who amassed the stash, which she gleefully wrote. She would systematically recount in letters of her foibles as a little girl growing up. He would always say he would have her letters published under the title “Stories MY Mother-In-Law Told Me”, whereby she would become an acclaimed writer! Her many friends have shared her loving friendships and pleasure of teaching others about her God, Jehovah.
Judy fell asleep in death Monday February 4th. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves behind her husband of 53 years Sean Patrick Davids, her loving daughter Dawn Elaine Benning (Keith), her sister May Marie Koontz, her sister Anna Lee from Texas. Her youngest sister Christine Johnson preceded her in death along with her parents. She also leaves to cherish her memory a host of nephews and nieces and very close friends.
We sincerely thank her many friends and fellow Jehovah’s Witness brothers and sisters, who spent many hours, days and weeks supporting Judy with their acts of kindness, love and encouragement as she and Sean faced the trials of her chronic illnesses.
May we all find comfort in what Judy relied on, the Bible’s promise at Job 14:15, where it states: “You will call, and I will answer you…
“Mom I will miss you more than I can say, including the words we always ended our phone calls; “I love you …and you saying, I love you honey…Rest mom until Jehovah wakes you up and we see you running toward us without struggle or pain, I love you” – Dawn Elaine Benning