In Loving Memory

October 29th, 2011

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this post.

On October 18th, 2011, at 7:15 in the morning, Jeff’s mom— Judith Elaine Forslund passed away.  She had been fighting a huge battle with Lung Cancer over the last two years and sadly, it was the cancer that took her away from us here on Earth.  She was 75 years old.

At her passing, she was surrounded by her family— her husband Charles (Jerry) and her three children Julie, John and Jeff.  Jeff told me that along with the birth of our kiddos, it was one of the most profound and personal experiences he’s been a witness to.

Judy, I miss you.

I loved that you and Jerry just picked up your lives and moved to Napa, CA, to retire. Thank you for picking that city for the family to come and visit!

I loved that you really embraced your Napa community.  You were involved in so many things in your neighborhood and I loved that.

I loved those annual Yosemite trips.  Who could forget the year that black bear invaded our camp?  I’ll never forget you defending yourself with your pot & pan.

I loved that you always rang in the New Year banging your pot & pan.

I loved that we shared the love of knitting.  I loved that we worked on that scarf project together.  I was completely fascinated watching a ‘lefty’ work with the sticks.

I loved that you loved to make your own earrings.  So crafty!

I loved that trip to Biale Vineyards and you asked if you could add 7 Up to the wine to make it taste better.  Really, I just loved that you added 7 Up to every glass of wine to make it taste sweeter.

I loved that you found just regular table grapes to be sour.  We always joked about what the heck would you think about sour patch candy?!

I loved that Tahoe trip in which we got you to play Guitar Hero.  Just awesome!

I loved that you got a toe ring just a few years ago.

I loved that even with the invention of e-mail, you still clipped articles out of newspapers for us to read, and you ‘snail’ mailed them to us.

I loved that you really tried to embrace computers, e-mail, and Skyping.  Even though, I’m pretty sure it made you pretty mad at times.

I loved how proud you were of your backyard garden.  Loved Forslund Family Vineyard!

I loved how much you loved cooking.  You really helped spark that love of cooking and experimenting in the kitchen for me and I love you so much for that.

I loved how much you loved family get togethers.  You will be so incredibly missed at the table.

I love you and miss you more than words can say.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  -Matthew 5:4

In Loving Memory from Jen Forslund on Vimeo.

Please read Jeff’s post for ways you can celebrate her life with living tributes.

2 Responses to “In Loving Memory”

  1. Ron Roark on October 30, 2011 10:39 am

    Wonderful & very touching tribute.

  2. Heather Berg on November 7, 2011 3:00 pm

    What a lovely tribute to a lovely woman. I wish I would have had the pleasure of meeting her. You are all in our prayers, and yes, “blessed are those who mourn, for they (you) shall be comforted”.

    Love you guys…

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