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Judy Carol Hamlin Callihan
Birth: Apr. 25, 1951
Pikeville
Pike County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 15, 2008
Pikeville
Pike County
Kentucky, USA

Born to Woodrow Hamlin (deceased) and Velva Raines Hamlin (deceased). Wife to the late David Callihan. Mother to Jenny Callihan-Rogers. Companion to Joe Meadows. Sister to Jeanette Clevinger, Tony Hamlin, and Crona Hamlin. Sister-in-law to Carol Roberts. She will be missed by a host of family and friends. Judy was like the sister I never had....ILY Judy and will miss you very much.

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My mother worked for many years as a bookkeeper. She was an avid craft maker. She was a seamstress. She was a wonderful cook. Her food could rival that of Paula Deen's (her idol). But, her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother. Trust me, there is no one in the world who could even come close to the kind of mother she was.

Being a mother was what brought her happiness. It made her eyes light up and brought a smile to her face. She centered her world around not only being my mother but my best friend. My mother was the best person I ever knew or ever will know. She was (and is) my heart and best friend. She was a fighter. She was selfless. My momma loved me with a love so strong and true that not even death can impair it. One of the last things she said to me was "I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid of being without you. I'm afraid of you being without me." I love her and miss her with every breath I take. I always will.
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Flower From Heaven

(In memory of Judy Callihan)

Wrapping you in a blanket weaved with our picture

And placing daddy's watch in your hand,

I assured you it was time to go back to your happiness.

Laying my head upon your chest for the last time,

Kissing your cool cheeks and holding your frail frame,

I stepped back, watching the casket close upon my heart.

Collapsing, I realized I would never again hear your soft voice

Or see the smile that could brighten the darkest of days.



Rewinding time, I was taken back to our last conversation

Our last laughs, smiles, tears we shared.

Hot fudge cake was your desire.

I raced to obtain your request.

Roles reversed, I fed it to you,

Rejoiced in every bite you would take.

Afterward, I again became your child,

Snuggling against you, my head on your shoulder.



Feeling my entire body shaking

Selflessly you reassured me,

Holding me, begging my tears to cease,

Everything would be fine.

Death was not your fear,

Being without me is what you feared the most.

Through the rainfall of tears,

You smiled, sweet momma.

So beautiful, so rare, comforting my soul,

My love for you---you would never doubt.



Gone too soon, I am left to live.

To live--

Without my heart, my best friend.

Your beautiful smile gazes at me

From all around the room.

Dusting our last picture,

Your love courses through me.

I feel your smile.

I hear the words you often spoke-

You are my flower from Heaven.

I place the picture back on the shelf,

I still feel the comfort of being wrapped in your arms-

Not even death will break this bond.
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Come With Me

The Lord saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around you
and whispered, "Come with me"

With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
A beautiful smile at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.

It's lonesome here without you
We miss you so each day,
Our lives aren't the same
Since you went away.

When days are sad and lonely,
And everything goes wrong,
We seem to hear you whisper,
"Cheer up and carry on."

Each time we see your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
"Don't cry, I'm in God's keeping,
We'll meet again someday.


Judy's daughter, Jenny Callihan-Rogers is sponsoring her Mother's Memorial.......many thank you Jenny!!! 
 
Burial:
Annie E. Young Cemetery
Pikeville
Pike County
Kentucky, USA
 
Maintained by: jennycrogers
Originally Created by: VKF
Record added: Sep 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29998957
Judy Carol <i>Hamlin</i> Callihan
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Judy Carol <i>Hamlin</i> Callihan
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Judy Carol <i>Hamlin</i> Callihan
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Another year....doesn't seem to get any easier with time. I miss you Judy, hope your dancing in heaven!!
- VKF
 Added: Sep. 16, 2010
Jenny,Your mom would love this tribute that you have created in honor of her. She was one of the finest women I knew and moms- She certainly loved you! I had the pleasure of knowing both of your parents and your dad was a fine man and your mom was crazy i...(Read more)
- Kim
 Added: Sep. 14, 2010
it never gets any easier, momma. i remember my turmoil of feelings this day two years ago, knowing what was to come and hearing your voice for the last time. i love you so much and miss you with every breath i take. you are never out of my mind. i love yo...(Read more)
- jennycrogers
 Added: Sep. 14, 2010
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