Judy Lane Mathews Mills, age 78, of Wallace left this earthly life for her eternal rest on Monday, November 16, 2020.
She was born on October 13, 1942 in Sampson County, NC; the daughter of the late Ivey Richard and Margaret Bryant Mathews. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Jane. M. Fann and brothers, Billy Mathews, Elwood Mathews, Jack Mathews and Teddy Mathews.
Mrs. Mills was a member of Wallace Presbyterian Church.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband of fifty-eight years, James M. Mills, Jr.; daughters, Jennifer M. Speaker and husband, Scott and Susan M. Kohlrausch and husband, Karsten; all from Cary, NC; grandchildren, Lucas Speaker, Mark Speaker, Hans Kohlrausch and Ava Kohlrausch; sisters, Barbara M. Pascal and husband, Joe and Becky Finocchiaro; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who loved Judy dearly.
Never one to mince words, my Mom would have liked a spicy eulogy. In Fact, she picked one out for me to look at some years ago. Having the idea of what she might like, I hope she is pleased with this one. I realized at my Aunt Jane’s funeral that they don’t make them like they used to. This is very true of my Mom.
My Mom could fry the bacon and bring it home in the pan. She liked that commercial back in the 70’s and knew it was true of her. One of her favorite sayings was that she got more done on accident than most people did on purpose. Quite true!
Mom was both a tomboy and a gracious lady. She could drive trucks full of grain, lay brick walkways, and crochet beautifully. She said she could not follow directions but was able to make an afghan out of tobacco twine – she created 3d roses with not instructions! Mom loved to have family home and would get up at 5 a.m. to start cooking fried chicken for a Sunday lunch. She loved to harvest pecans, blueberries, apples and walnuts. Walnuts are especially hard to shell, but she was up for the challenge. I remember her sitting on a tree stump near a grain bin cracking walnuts in the winter. Her hands would be stained black from her labor, but she was happy keeping busy and enjoying the outdoors. Everyone loved Mom's black walnut pound cake which she made from these walnuts. She knew how to blanch and freeze vegetables from her garden the old-fashioned way. Mom alwasy dreaded the corn coming in, because it all ripened in a few days and she had to work like crazy in July heat to shuck, silk and blanch it all. Then she made delicious cream styled corn from it and froze it, which was another favorite we all enjoyed.
Mom was truly a red-head in every sense of the word. She was passionate, compassionate, and outstanding in many ways. She expressed all feelings with no reservation, the good, the bad and the ugly. She lived life to the fullest. You got what you saw with my Mom and everyone loved her dearly for that.
Mom was passionate about fashion, decorating her home and working in the yard (she planted something almost every day in her yard!). She was known for her love for fashion, wearing antique hats on her beautifully styled hair, and painting her lips bright orange. She was also known for her beautifully decorated house in which she spent many happy hours purchasing bargains and artfully arranging them.
Mom was compassionate and liked to be prepared to visit the sick or lonely, bringing them homemade blueberry muffins or homemade soup and her bright, funny, brand of compassion to get to the heart of any problem. She liked to be prepared, so she almost always would have a homemade pound cake out for friends or family to enjoy. This was classic Mom – always reaching out and engaging with people.
As it turns out, I was shy type, the opposite of my Mom – but I am so glad I got to see how she lived her life. I think she made the most out of every day for as long as she was able. We are thankful to God for our Mom. She will surely be missed but treasured memories of her and her life will forever remain in our hearts until we meet her again.
Graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Rockfish Memorial Cemetery, NC Hwy 41, Wallace, NC with the Reverend Dr. Phil Gladden officiating.
Judy will lie in state from Thursday morning from 9:00 am until 12 Noon at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Wallace for friends and family to view
Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Judy M. Mills to Wallace Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 717, Wallace, NC 28466.
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