Judith Belsheim, 85, of White Earth, MN met the creator on Friday, August 11, 2023 at the Frazee Care Center surrounded by her family and friends.
Judith Ann was born on September 20, 1937, to Myron and Bertha (Warren) Fairbanks on White Earth, MN. She grew up on White Earth, where she attended school. She married at 17 years old, as was the fashion of the time and earned her GED later in life.
She held many different jobs throughout her years, including an operator for Ma Bell and a secretary for Graybar Electric. She owned and operated White Cap Inn on Mille Lacs Lake until the death of her second husband (Harlan Lusk). She worked for Kemp’s Grocery for many years and became part of their family. She later received her CNA license and helped care for the disabled, even though she had become disabled herself when she was young. Lastly, she became a foster parent and fostered many children, adopting four of them.
She is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Lady McDougall (Bertha Warren), her father Myron Fairbanks, aunts, uncles and her much loved brother James McDougall.
Judith is survived by her children: Mark Hansen (Kathy), Debra Crawford (Rick), Edward Schweigart (Christie), Alden Averill, Jennifer Williams, Jayme Wacha (Scott), Jeri Smith (Marc), Gregory Belsheim, Cassandra Belsheim, Gilbert Belsheim (Tammy) Anne Belsheim, Jeremy Belsheim (Christie) Jennifer Belsheim (Travis) and Jessica Hill. Grandchildren: Jade (Wayne), Mark Jr (Naddhapol), Fawn (Josue), Fox, Laura, Adam, Aimee, Inez, Marissa, Carrie (Tiffany), Justin, Hannah (Bryce), Kelli (Amy), Quinn, Ethan, Justin A., James (Ahna), Jared, Jaylyn, Tyler (Rachael), Hayden, Sloane, Scarlett, Kenneth (Caroline), Kane (Hailey), Skylar, Keegan, Aurora, Nizhoni, Javier, Aiyanna, Gabe, Graham, Brandon, Kirsten, Emma, Travis Jr, Megan, and Carol. Great-grandchildren: Presly (Kelsey), Reese, Rain, Darius, Matthew, Damien, Rihanna, Neveah, Aria, Alejandra, Kaelyn, Benjamin, Jazz, Riley, Kennedy, Eden, Archie, Hope and Kinslleigh. Sister: Merceline Parisien (Gene) and nephews, Josh Younis, Sebastian, Casey and Brett McDougall, nieces, Elizabeth Laverdure and Dara McDougall, lastly her dear friend and forever bestie Beverly “Smokey” Kier.
Judy was known as a smart and extremely witty woman who tolerated no BS. She lived a life full of hardships, but stayed strong and resilient throughout. Her door was always open to her large family and friends alike. She did not care at all what the color of your skin was, what your religion or politics were, your gender or sexuality, if you were there for her, she was there for you. Starting at the age of 17 she became a mother and raised her own children, grandchildren and many others. She remained the mom you would call for advice until her dying day. Being a mother was her greatest accomplishment. She was an excellent cook, baker and maker of many Christmas candies. She loved animals and owned many special dogs through the years.
Cheers to you mom, the coffee is fresh, your Winston is lit, the mountains are blue and your peanut buster parfait is waiting. May you win big at cribbage, black jack and the slots. Our beds are made, the dishes are done and the house is clean. Get some rest, you earned it.
You will be loved and missed more than you know.
Visitation: 10AM – 11AM, Saturday, August 19, 2023 at David-Donehower Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life: 11AM, Saturday, August 19, 2023 at David-Donehower Funeral Home with Scott Wacha to officiate.