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Judith (Judy) Mary Driediger

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Judy was involved with Pioneer Girls (becoming a certified leader) and vacation Bible school at Bethel Mennonite, Aldergrove. Judy created a safe place and fond memories for young nieces and nephews. In 1985, Judy and her mother moved to an apartment in Abbotsford, B.C. Judy joined day care at Clearbrook Community Centre. She volunteered at MCC Plaza Coffee Shop, where she enjoyed meeting and serving people; strangers recognized her for her kindness. After her mother died in 1988, Judy remained at the apartment with her sister Anne’s help. MCC arranged for Judy to take classes at Fraser Valley College, where she developed her communication skills, and made her family proud with her valedictory speech. Through MCC’s vocational services program, Judy worked at Woolco’s restaurant, continuing after Woolco became a Walmart, until her retirement at 65. Judy loved knitting, making hundreds of toques and scarves for family, Union Gospel Mission, and Children’s Hospital; she saw people on the news wearing her handiwork. Judy travelled to Alaska, Hawaii, and Disneyland. A friendly usher at Clearbrook, Judy wasn’t shy about giving her testimony or passing on prayer requests and answers. She remembered her nephews’, nieces’, and siblings’ birthdays. In March, Judy was hospitalized with heart fibrillation; tests revealed stage 4 lung cancer.



  • Birth: March 16, 1941
  • Birthplace:
    Drake, Sask.
  • Death: April 16, 2013
  • Parents:
    Abram & Elizabeth (Froese) Driediger
  • Family:
    siblings Abe (Lena), Helena Friesen, Diet (Nettie), David (Bonnie), Anne (Ron) Epp, Johnny (Linda); some 200 nieces & nephews
  • Baptism:
    May 25, 1958