Judy Grant Drummond-Vanderheiden, age 74, passed away March 31, 2021. She was born on March 5, 1947 to Stanley Earl Grant and Eleanor Lucille (Heidenreich) in Newark, New York. Born with her twin sister, Jan, the girls were delivered 7 weeks prematurely during a blizzard; a snow plow was needed from town to clear a path for the expecting mother.
Judy graduated from Newark High School in 1965, and Geneva School of Practical Nursing in 1967. Judy married David Drummund on May 5, 1968. David passed away in 2010 after 42 years of marriage.
Judy later married David Vanderheiden on November 28, 2015. Judy was a loving mother to many, and never met a stranger. She enjoyed traveling all over the world, so much so, that after her nursing career as an LPN, she decided to become a flight attendant at the age of 50. Judy began flying for Southwest Airlines in 1997 where she flew for 17 years.
Judy is preceded in death by her father and mother, Stanley Earl Grant and Eleanor Lucille (Heidenreich) of Lyons, NY, and late husband, David Drummund of Kankakee, Illinois.
She will always be remembered by others for her love of laughter, knowing how to have a good time with those around her, uniquely having the ability to balance working hard and taking the time to enjoy yourself. Judy was very good at loving others, even the people she didn’t know by sharing in their joy. She always had a smile on her face and knew the right things to say to make someone else share her smile. Judy was generous with her time and resources; what a cook! She loved adventuring with the Cruising Divas and the Fly Girls of Georgetown, TX. Her most ambitious destination in retirement was an African safari in 2014. She showed her beautiful spirit through her volunteer experiences as an Extraordinary Minister, A.C.T.S. Team member, Religious Goods manager and Coordinator of the Works of Mercy.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughters and their spouses, Nancy (Oscar) Luna and Carolyn (Peter) Vahjen; her husband, David Vanderheiden and his children, Andrew, Gregory and Rebecca Vanderheiden; her grandchildren, Dillon, Grant and Harrison Luna; her brother, Gary (Annette) Grant; her sisters, Jan Grant, Beverly (Rick) Johnson and Laurie (Ron) Knox; as well as many nieces and nephews; her aunt, Gene Oosterling; and her godmother, Elizabeth Burcroff.
In memory, a public rosary will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday April 9, 2021, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church; at 3513 Cimarron Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX. The funeral mass will be celebrated, following the rosary, at 11:00 a.m.
A live stream of the rosary and funeral will be made available by the church. To view the live stream, go to www.stphilipcc.com, then click the facebook icon.
Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park, located at 4375 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, in Judy Vanderheiden’s name. The donation form can be downloaded here.
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