Judith Binger passed peacefully on July 10th, 2023, at the age of 88. Judy was born on April 15, 1935 in Canon City, Colorado to Ailie McDonald Smith and Mary Alice (Davis) Smith.
Growing up she did her part of the work on the family ranch south of town. Judy never had trouble keeping up with the boys! She even experienced the Prison Break in 1947 with her family at their ranch. As a teen Judy worked at the Royal Gorge Bridge and was proud to be a member of the Canon City Highschool class of 1952.
She married John S Sabin in 1953. After starting their family in Canon City they chose to settle in Denver with their children Fred, Julie, and John. Soon they welcomed their youngest, Barbara. Judy was a wonderful homemaker and mother. She was active in League Bowling and served on the St. James Catholic School PTA as chairman. The highlight of her time on the board was organizing a special fundraising premier for the re-release of Gone With the Wind, which benefited the St. James new building fund.
Judy worked at Mt. Airy Hospital in Denver until the summer of 1972. She then moved to Gunnison, to be closer to her sister’s family and became a Dental Assistant for Dr. Bob Ferguson. She later studied to be an accredited Medical Records Technician and worked at Gunnison Hospital for many years, until she had the opportunity to serve as the Director of Medical Records at the larger Montrose Hospital.
Once her kids were grown, Judy had the chance to travel. Besides visiting her children in the various states where they lived, her favorite trips were to see the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and then to New Zealand. In New Zealand she hiked the Auckland Trail, making lifelong friendships and was even able to welcome those friends to her home when they travelled to America.
In 1988 Judy chose to semi-retire to be with family in California. She then returned home to her birthplace of Canon City to care for her parents. She also returned to work in the Medical Records Field at the Canon City Hospital.
In 1996, Judy was reintroduced to an old elementary school friend, Bill Binger. They married the same year, blending their 7 children and 13 grandchildren. They were then blessed to be able to have one more grandchild together followed by 13 Great Grandchildren. When Judy fully retired the pair enjoyed listening to their extensive music collection and even played music together. The combination of Ma on the piano and Pa Bill on his wash tub bass was a concert to see! They made several trips to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS to see the National Flat-picking Championships. But mostly they took frequent drives to picnic, especially over their childhood stomping ground, the Oak Creek Grade to Westcliffe. This was a favorite of theirs.
Judy loved to cook, sew, crochet, garden and even forage. Over the years she experimented with many not so traditional ingredients! She shared these gifts with others including making graduation quilts for each of their 14 grandchildren. Judy never missed anyone on their birthday, anniversary, or Christmas. She never received a letter or card that she did not answer with one in return or with a phone call. It was never unusual to have friends and family gather at her home arriving at all hours of the night to find food waiting, and a place to curl up on a bed, couch, floor or there was always a place to park a camper.
Judy was an avid reader of many genre’s of books but she also spent time daily studying the bible especially through devotionals. She would take pages and pages of notes, clip verses and stories from the paper or other publications and often some of these would show up in the mail with a card at just the right time. Mom was not particularly vocal about her faith but simply lived it through the love she showered on us all.
Judy was preceded in Death by her Sweetheart of 27 years, Bill Binger, Brothers and sisters-in laws Robert (Josephine) Smith, Joel (Dean) Smith and Albert (Marlene)Smith, Grandson Jared Katheiser.
She is survived by her Sister Barbra (Dick) Holmes, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Son Fred (Peggy) Sabin, Matt (Chani) Sabin, Katy (Rob) Ellison Abigail and Madison, Daughter Julie (Greg) Katheiser, Adam Katheiser and Lauren Strobel, Tara Katheiser. Son John Sabin. Daughter Barbara (Bob) Carpenter Samantha (Eddie) McDowell, Zach Aubrey McDowell. Stacy (Stoney) Glover, Trey Glover, Ali Glover, Greg (Sara) Carpenter, Coleman Carpenter. Kyle (Heather) Carpenter, Sebastian, Logan and Lillie Carpenter. Elizabeth (Chase) Bridges. Dan (KC) Binger, Tyler Binger and Lexi, Mitch Binger(Carolyn) Sage and Ember, Lori (Thom) Ford, Lane(Bette)Ford, Troy Ford. Julie Hamilton, Sarah (Travis) McChesney Ethan and Keegan. "Aunt Jude" will also be missed by numerous neices, nephews and their families.
The children will gather for a picnic and to spread ashes in August and are planning a remembrance at the same time TBA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope West Hospice in Grand Junction, CO. Hopewestco.org