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Judy Faulkner Tatman Obituary


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TATMAN, JUDY, 63, Louisville, won her 24-year fight with MS and passed away peacefully on January 15, 2013 at home. Judy was a mother, wife and teacher.

Judy was from Bellefonte, PA, graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After college, she taught elementary school in Wilmington, DE, where she met her husband, David. Judy also taught in the Abescon, NJ school district while they lived in Ocean City, NJ. After moving to Louisville in 1983 she taught at Middletown Methodist Pre-school. She loved the little kids and was happy every day she had the opportunity to teach and be with them.

Judy was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother in-law, Daniel and Ima Tatman, Wilmington.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, David. She's also survived by sons, Andy and J.D.; daughter, Beth (Thomas); daughter-in-law, Susan; and son-in-law, Brett. She is also survived by her parents, Jean (Reed) and John Faulkner, of Bellefonte; and brothers, Dan and Mike.

What always put a smile on her face was her four grandchildren, Evan Thomas, Lily Kate Tatman, Hayley Thomas and Lauren Tatman. Judy loved to have them sit on her bed and watch them play - it always put a smile on her face.

Judy was a mother who lived for her family and was the glue that kept us altogether even during the last 10 years when she was bedridden. She was a fixture at her children's events - there were many weekends she just moved from ball field to ball field watching all 3 children play and excel. She loved to be with family and be outdoors- camping, playing sports, and spending time at "camp." She never once complained about what MS did to her, but if she didn't want to do something, her "NO" was infamous.

We take comfort in knowing that she is with our Lord and Saviour in a better place, whole and happy. But we will miss her everyday. Her smile, her determination, her sense of humor and her love were a joy, and this world will always be a little dimmer without her presence.

She was David's best friend and is missed by her whole family.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Ratterman's, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday and after 10 a.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home.