Judith I. Manzo

Judith I. Manzo, 37; devoted to children's pursuits

Judith I. Manzo, 37, built her life around her children, Anthony, 12, and Brianna, 10, said her ex-husband, Anthony.

"She gave those kids everything -- Playstation, Nintendo, all that," he said. "The money went to the kids; she just wanted them to be happy."

Anthony said Judy was a "cheerleader mother" for the North Providence Jets, a youth football team in town. "She got water for the kids, permission slips, anything the [cheerleading] coach wanted," he said. Brianna had been involved with the cheerleaders for three years.

She also had a dog, a Shih Tzu named Daisy, and a cat named Heckle.

Anthony said the couple met when they were 18, at the Club Promenade in Providence. "We were together just about every day," he said. She graduated from Attleboro High School in 1983, then went to cosmetology school. She worked in the field until about six months ago, when she got a job as an administrative assistant at First Choice Medical Staffing in East Providence.

Karen Brown, Manzo's friend and manager in the East Providence office, described her as "a loving, caring person."

Although they were divorced, Anthony said he and Judy lived together in the small bungalow she bought three years ago on Elm Street, in the town's Lymansville section. They had previously lived in Pawtucket.

Manzo said Judyliked clubs and '80s music. "She liked a lot of those bands, like Great White," he said.

Brown said Judy went to The Station with a friend, who had bought the tickets for the show. The children were home with their father.

Brown said she will miss her friend, an excellent employee who she said can't be replaced. "Every single person -- and I'm not saying this because she's gone -- every single person who met Judy loved Judy," she said.

-- Bob Jagolinzer, Providence Journal staff, with reports from the Associated Press

Published in The Providence Journal on Mar. 20, 2003