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Judy was identified as having Alzheimer's Disease in 2007. Over the course of the past nine years a number of things have led to the acceleration of the disease, mainly the death of her high school sweetheart, and husband of nearly 46 years, Vern Stewart.In the past 4 1/2 years, since his passing, she has remained living alone in the home in which they shared and raised a family.She has done quite well there alone until just recently.On Aug 26, 2016, Judy underwent kidney stone surgery to remove an extremely large stone. The surgery went very well. However, after surgery she had a few medical set backs that took a toll on her both physically and mentally. She was discharged from the hospital to a skilled nursing home/rehab facility.After five weeks of daily physical and occupational therapy while there, it was determined that the safest place for her to be would be in an assisted living facility.Please keep Judy in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to adjust to her new home. Also please pray for her as the Alzheimer's takes its toll on her body and mind. Having gone through Alzheimer's with her mother 30+yrs ago, she is/was very aware of what the disease can and will likely do.Please pray for her family as we also navigate through these changes and phases of the disease in the coming months and years.Judy spent the majority of her married life being an amazing wife and mother.She had many jobs over the years, working as a church secretary, women's ministries coordinator, Bible study leader, administrative director for the Women's Transitional Living Center, Pre-planning Adviser for Westminster Memorial Park, and so many other jobs.But her best job was running a household, raising kids and then grandkids.
She is now living at Park Vista Assisted Living, in Fullerton. She has her own private apartment, furnished with her things from home, and her cat. She seems to be adjusting well.