In memory of
Judy Smoot
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In memory of
Judy Smoot
Judy Ann Smoot As a gentle spring rain nourishes the earth and budding plants and trees, my life, my soul, my heart has been nourished by the love of God, family and dear friends since 1954. As a child, I danced with my friend in my front yard to welcome neighbors home as they drove by, including my Daddy, Bob (Robert) Delaplane, as my Mommy, Phyllis, watched and my brother Tom laughed. College years at Ohio State and the Massey Fashion Institute in Atlanta provided me with dear friends and memories. At OSU, I met the love of my life, my best friend, Roy Smoot. For over 39 years, and the two years that we dated, he has adored, cherished and loved me beyond what I ever thought possible. God blessed us with our incredible, tender son, (Roy) Jason, who makes my soul sing, whom I love to the moon and back. I fell in love with his wife Catie, the first time we met. She's an amazing, gentle woman, the perfect love for Jason. They were blessed with their son and our grandson, Jacob Robert in August of last year. Him I love farther than I can stretch my arms, and also to the moon and back. Through churches I attended and the Wellstreams Spiritual Direction Program of the Spirituality Network in Columbus, God placed life-long friends in my life, broke me and put me back together in one breath and equipped me to walk alongside people on their vulnerable, holy journeys. Teachers and students at the Expressive Arts Florida Institute in Sarasota helped further unlock the artist within me. Clients from coast to coast whom we served via our nonprofit, Always We Begin Again, blessed me with their open hearts and trust. Finally, God gifted me with living in Hide-A-Way Hills where the lush woods, clear night skies, friends and our ravine have been a sanctuary to me. Family members who graced me with their love include my grandparents Monte and Florence McGuire, Dr. George and Joanna Delaplane, my Aunt Ginny, (Virginia) McGuire DuVall, of Greenville, Aunt Joan Delaplane, all who have passed before me; my Mom, Phyllis McGuire Delaplane of Logan, Ohio, my brother Tom Delaplane of Hide-A-Way Hills, Ohio, Uncle Gene and Aunt Carol McGuire of Dayton, Uncle Dick Delaplane of Florida, and cousins Lisa Wenzler and Suzanne Farmer, both of Dayton, Sandy Delaplane Sheehy and Scott Delaplane of Florida, Suzie Delaplane of California, and my nephew Max Delaplane of Hide-A-Way Hills. I have danced at Dave Matthews Band and Elton John concerts, shed tears at the La Pieta in the Vatican, created water color mandalas, walked the beaches of Bar Harbor, Maine and Sarasota, Florida, woven on my loom, cried for loved ones (including my Daddy) who are now greeting me in Heaven, laughed and loved abundantly, and held my son and grandson as babies to my chest. What a rich life! What a joyful life! A celebration of the earthly life God gave me will be held at St.Albans Episcopal Church in Bexley, Ohio on Friday, October 14 at 1:00, followed by a reception at the church. The internment of my ashes will be on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 at the Abbottsville Cemetery, State Route 49, Arcanum, Ohio, five miles southeast of Greenville, Ohio. All are welcome to one or both. If you are so moved, please make a donation in lieu of flowers to either The Spirituality Network in Columbus, Ohio for the benefit of the Wellstreams Program, or the Pickering House in Lancaster, Ohio. God bless you and hold you. Until we see each other again, Judy. To send an online condolence and sign guestbook, please visit www.sheridanfuneralhome.net and click obituaries
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