The service will begin at 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1489 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach. Everyone is welcome. This will be an opportunity to share memories of Judith and to celebrate her life and contributions to Narcotics Anonymous.
Judith died Sunday, February 23, 2014. A Narcotics Anonymous member for more than 33 years, Judith helped start the Blue Ridge Area and never missed the BRANA Campout. She sponsored many NA women and provided inspiration and guidance to countless women and men. A resident of Norfolk, she was 72 years old.
Her clean date was September 21, 1981. Since NA meetings in rural areas were scarce in those days, Judith started her recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Then, with the late Larry N. and the late Richard S., she helped establish the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Her definition of spirituality: “Doing something so great that we can’t do it unaided.”
As the featured speaker at BRANA X in 1991, Judith shared about writing to NA World Services for help in setting up a meeting in Waynesboro.
“Larry had given me one of these little white booklets and it had the World Services address, so I wrote and asked how to get a meeting started,” she said. “A couple of weeks later I got this phone call and it was Larry. And he said ‘Okay, let’s get a meeting started.’”
She started another NA meeting in Harrisonburg about a month later. That was late 1981. At the time, the Blue Ridge Area included most of the state west of Richmond. About eight meetings were scattered between Winchester, Charlottesville, Roanoke and the central-valley localities of Waynesboro, Staunton and Harrisonburg.
“I’ve seen BRANA come and go through a lot of agonizing periods,” Judith added. “We keep coming back and the love is still here.”
If you heard Judith speak at an NA event, you learned how dangerously crazy she was in her active addiction; then if you saw firsthand how the 12 Steps of NA had transformed her into a loving, kind and joyful person you would understand – if you don’t already – that miracles happen in Narcotics Anonymous.
Judith earned her Masters degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg. She was a teacher as well as a lifelong learner. She lived with dignity, touched people’s lives and brought a special grace to Narcotics Anonymous.
It was a privilege to know her.