Judith Meaux, 58

Judith MeauxJudith Ann Meaux, age 58, nee Witt, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday March 31, 2016, at Zilber Family Hospice. Beloved wife of Thomas, cherished mother of Cari Lynn (Kauth) Gearhard and Nicolette Marie Meaux; precious daughter of the late Richard and Viola Witt; sister of late Richard Witt Jr. Judy is further survived by her adored grandson Mason, much-loved sister Carol (Richard) Muenich and mother-in-law Betty Meaux, other loving relatives and dear friends.

Judy grew up on the north side of Milwaukee, attending St. Phillip Neri Grade School, James Madison High School and earned an associate degree from MATC. Later she went to Lakeland College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. Professionally, Judy developed an outstanding career managing a medical laboratory dedicated to matching tissue types for human organ donation while raising her oldest daughter, Cari. Later she gave up her “for pay” career to raise her second daughter, Nicky. Seven years ago her only grandchild was born; “Gammy” loved and guided him along the way.

Judy was an amazingly kind and selfless person, constantly encouraging people who needed help. She loved gardening, flowers, birds, nature walks, Zumba, bike riding, almost anything outdoors. Judy was a voracious reader, an enthusiastic supporter of the environment and was very patriotic, with her dad and two uncles having served our country during World War II. Most of all, Judy loved her family and friends, always organizing and hosting gatherings to keep everybody connected with each other. Judy developed deep friendships, with “Team Judy” wholeheartedly behind her throughout her treatment of advanced cervical cancer since diagnosis in early 2014. Despite all the radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Judy never complained and constantly reached out to help others, especially the “Teal Ladies,” a worldwide support organization for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Judy’s wish upon her passing was to donate her body to the Medical College of Wisconsin in the hope that future cancer patients could benefit.

A religious service and celebration of Judy’s life will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, with light refreshments and social in the church gathering space following. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Judy’s life and spirit can be made to the National Flag Day Foundation, P.O. Box 55, Waubeka, WI 53021-0055 or Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 Highway Y, Saukville, WI 53080 or the charity of your choice.

Judy’s screen saver said it all: “In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”