July 8, 2022, at 2:46 pm
Judy Gail (Fry) Lane age 78, passed away peacefully, with her children and sister by her side. Judy was born August 21, 1943, in Vincennes, Indiana, to Daniel Nelson and Kathryn Arcie (Cardinal) Fry. On June 1, 1974, she married her best friend, David Joseph Lane. They remained best friends throughout many challenges. She attended Vincennes Lincoln High School and Vincennes Business College.
Judy was a beautiful woman. At a young age, she was awarded runner-up in the Little Miss Sunbeam Bread Contest.
Judy was an excellent cook, with Sunday Family Meals at the top of her list. Baked goods were Judy’s specialty, and she excelled in creating wedding and children’s birthday cakes. Her famous Christmas cookies were so delicious in the middle of the night, her children and their friends would sneak into the freezer for a quick snack.
She had a heart of gold and would feed anyone that walked into her home, hungry or not. She provided many friends around the round table with a glass of tea and a meal. On the weekends, family, and neighborhood wiener roast with games galore. Playing cards, especially gin rummy and euchre, were her favorites.
Judy worked many jobs during her life span, which taught her children strength and an excellent work ethic. She told us many stories about her favorite position at Lawrenceville Industries. She worked at Harold’s and Buehler’s in the Bakery. She never met a stranger, and oh, how she loved to talk.
Her greatest gift was her ability to care for others, young and old. In her home, she babysat for children, including her grandchildren. She loved older adults and worked as a nurse’s aide at Willow Manor and Crestview Nursing Homes; she provided impeccable care to her patients. In their time of need, she cared for her mother, mother-in-law, and best friend (Pappy Dave).
She loved her family deeply, although she ran a “tight ship” and was a disciplinarian.
Her faith as a Catholic continued throughout her life. She volunteered for many events at St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart, and Old Cathedral Catholic Churches.
Judy chose cremation as her final wish. But, she said, “you can do what you want with me when I’m gone; my spirit is with the lord.” And now she is at peace, without pain or suffering, with eternal life.
A celebration of Judy’s life will be at a later date with her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers (Thomas Fry and Kenneth Fry), and her best friend, David Joseph Lane.
She is survived by her children, who made up the entirety of her world, Kathryn Ann (Tony) Mitchell of Robinson, Illinois; Lisa Kay (Tracy) Keown from Carmel, Indiana; Gail Lynn Quayle from College Grove, TN; Laura Lee Lane Vincennes, Indiana and Michael David Lane Robinson, Illinois. Her sister Jackie Cochran Vincennes, Indiana. And 13 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren
Kim & Tony Eisenhut says
I’m saddened to learn of Judy’s passing. She was such a character very similar to my own mom, also Judi, just spelled differently. I spent a lot of time w/Gail, my partner in crime, @ their house growing up. There were a lot of sleep overs, great conversations and yummy food! I was always welcomed with open arms but also got the occasional kick in the pants if I needed it! Ha! I luv u always knew exactly where she stood on matters, much like me! I know she will b deeply missed but she will always be with you in your hearts & wonderful memories you carry with you. She will be watching over you for sure. Now you all have an extra angel! I will keep your family in my heart and prayers. I’m sure my mom is showing her around heaven! Hugs & Love, Kim (Tony) Eisenhut
Lynette coffey says
I loved Judy, she was always so good to me. I enjoyed many meals in her home and cookies. One fond memory was when Judy made cookies for me when my son was born. I also enjoyed many cook outs, and conversations with her and the family. She will be greatly missed, she was a wonderful person.
Jennifer Watson says
Thank you for sharing the wonderful life of your mother, I pray that the family has peace and rest knowing that Judy is with the Lord ❤️
Tina Land says
So sorry for the loss of your sweet Momma, who my Momma Marie Witteried thought so very much of. I will always remember her at Aunt Kate’s house making Clemmie and I laugh and she was just so nice to us! Plus her desserts were so very yummy! Judy would always ask me how my Mom was doing any time she saw me and I enjoyed waiting on her for many years. You have my sympathy, Tina (Witteried) Land