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Judith Ann Hendrixson of Roscommon had a servant’s heart, was selfless and committed her life to caring for others.
Hendrixson, 72, died March 11 at Grayling Hospital as a final result of troubles from COVID-19.
Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Hendrixson moved with her family to the Chicago place, in which she attended New Tier Large University and was an All-City soccer player. She afterwards attended Judson College or university and Detroit Faculty of Business enterprise.
Hendrixson, who labored and raised four young children by herself, was a fierce advocate for people who couldn’t advocate for themselves.
She defeat most cancers 10 years in the past, her son Jason Pope stated. “That took a great deal out of her,” he recalled.
But that didn’t prevent Hendrixson’s generate to adore unconditionally without the need of judgment. After beating cancer, she was a foster guardian for the last 10 many years of her everyday living and opened her household to 62 children, which include those people who were disabled and those people with particular demands.
“She would get phone calls in the middle of the night, and some have been there for times, weeks and years,” Pope reported.
Most of her profession was expended in nursing houses, wherever she labored as a qualified nursing assistant and was a union representative with the Service Staff members Intercontinental Union. Most recently, she was a home health-treatment worker.
Even though operating in nursing households, Hendrixson thought that men and women should be capable to go with dignity, grace and respect. After finishing her shifts, she generally sat with patients on her personal time, said Pope, who recalled that her clients typically requested that she be the only a single permitted to treatment for them.
“She would often remain with her sufferers throughout their remaining moments, and when they passed, if they did not have any loved ones, she would be there for them,” he said.
Hendrixson was happiest shelling out time with loved ones, specifically on vacations and around campfires.
She enjoyed the simple pleasures in daily life like gardening, cooking, baking, arts and crafts, knitting, stitching and crocheting. She also savored home-improvement tasks and realized her way around the hardware keep.
She loved place and religious tunes and was an avid lover of University of Michigan sports and the Detroit Lions.
Through the late 1970s and early ’80s, Hendrixson rented out campers and vacation trailers. She had lately acquired a travel trailer and was searching ahead to tenting visits.
Hendrixson’s father was a pastor, and she grew up loving and trusting in God over all else. Her faith never wavered, Pope claimed.
On Feb 27, Hendrixson acquired her to start with shot of the Moderna vaccine, but fell ill later on that evening, Pope reported. She then went into a stroll-in clinic and tested constructive for the coronavirus. A few days later, she was having difficulties respiration and went to the hospital, where she died a 7 days later.
Left to cherish her memory are young children Kris (Gary) Rutterbush, Carrina (Jeff) Samkowiak, Erik (Sandra) Pope and Jason (Susan) Pope grandchildren Karli, Kyle, Joshua, Kaiden, Alaina, Ella, Mckenzie, Micah and Mitchell, and brothers David (Donna) Hendrixson and Gareth Hendrixson.
Memorial contributions can be manufactured in Hendrixson’s identify to the Women’s Source Middle of Northern Michigan.
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Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Cost-free Press. Get hold of her at [email protected]