Judy Thomas Darrington
Judy Thomas Darrington
May 11, 1944 – Oct. 9, 2013
DECLO – Judy Thomas Darrington, age 69, died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at her home in Declo, Idaho, surrounded by family and friends. She was born to the late Conrad and Dora Wren Thomas on May 11, 1944.
Mom had two passions in life – cooking and spending time with family and friends. She owned and operated Judy's Crossroads Café in Declo for many years. Everything she cooked was made from scratch. People would come from all over to sample her homemade cinnamon rolls and chicken noodle soup. She was so excited and proud when her son, Dillon, followed in her footsteps and opened his own steakhouse in Caldwell.
Mom was always happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. She especially loved every minute that she got to spend with her children. They were her greatest accomplishment. But her pride and joy were her grandchildren. She cherished every moment that she got to spend with them. Helping to raise her granddaughter, Kylee Jo, was one of her greatest joys in life.
When health problems became more than she could handle on her own, her daughter, Kim, moved in to take care of her. Kim spent eight years caring for mom. This brought her a lot of peace and comfort. She always considered Kimee her angel on earth. When mom became bed bound over a year ago, an “adopted” member of the family, Robin Thoren, worked alongside Kim to take care of mom. Together, they were able to grant mom's greatest wish – to be able to stay home. Whenever she had to go into the hospital, she always looked forward to going home. This was such a great blessing to her.
Mom leaves behind a legacy of love. She always taught her children to help anyone in need, no matter the circumstances. She was a great example to us and others. She will be missed by all who knew her. It is a great blessing to know that she was finally able to get out of that bed and run with the angels. Mom you will always be the wind beneath our wings.
Mom’s hobbies included cooking, gardening, and crocheting. She especially loved watching movies with her children and grandchildren and listening to her classic country music.
She is survived by her children, Tracy Tolman of Burley, Rodney (LuAnn) Tolman of Mesa, Ariz., Kim Wickel of Declo, Tina (Mike) Beckstead of Preston, and Dillon (Jennifer) Wickel of Wilder; her stepchidren, Paige Beck of Burley, and Shane (Gina) Darrington of Declo; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also leaves behind several brothers and sisters, and a number of relatives and close friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Darrington; her parents, Conrad and Dora Thomas; and her grandson, Matthew Sheldon Beckstead.
The family would like to thank everyone who came to visit mom over the years and those who helped to make her last moments on earth very special.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Declo LDS Stake Center, 213 W. Main St., in Declo, with Bishop Gregory L. Osterhout officiating. Burial will be in the Declo Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Intermountain Homecare for the wonderful and tender care given to our mother. We especially thank her primary nurse, Kathy McEwen – our mother simply loved you.