August 8, 1937-
August 13, 2013
Juliana (Judy Stokes) Longhofer was born on August 8, 1937 in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Juliana, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend entered into her eternal home on August 13, 2013. Her beloved children were at her bedside at the time of her death as they had been for the previous 7 weeks since their mother's sudden and tragic illness had left her bedridden. Juliana was baptized as an infant in Christ Lutheran Church in Shattuck, Oklahoma and she was confirmed by Pastor Pralle on June 3, 1951 in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Alamo, Texas and remained steadfast. Judy graduated with honors from Donna High School in 1955 and from Texas Women's University with a B.S.-R.N. degree in 1959. She met her husband, Dr. John Franklin Stokes, while teaching at Texas Women's University College of nursing in Houston. This union was blessed with 3 loving and caring children: John, Mary and Charlie who are all educated, successful and independent members of their respective communities. Judy was preceded in death by her loving and caring parents: Benjamin and Magdalena Longhofer, brothers: Edward, John, Henry, Benjamin and Melvin, her sister, Bonnie Longhofer Thomas and several nieces. Judy is survived by her 3 devoted children: John Stokes and wife Tina of Austin, Mary Sink and husband Max of San Antonio, and Charlie Stokes of Austin. Judy is also survived by her 7 unique and talented grandchildren: Christopher, Emily and Amy Stokes, Samuel and Juliana Sink, and Clara and Street Stokes, devoted sisters: Kathy Derryberry and husband, Bob, Anna Kieschnick and Wilba Koch, brothers: Harold and wife, Carolyn, Jesse and wife, Kathleen, Vernon and Floyd. Judy valued tradition, etiquette and hospitality and loved entertaining and did so with grace and elegance. For years she hosted special family occasions. Judy's home was open to all. If you entered a visitor you left a friend. Everyone that entered her home felt special and loved. Her awe-inspiring, angelic and selfless personality and love of people made her a joy to be around for all those who were fortunate to have known her. Judy owned the "Pot of Gold" gift shop for 11 years where she made gourmet fudge and personalized each gift for her customers. Judy, her mother and sister Bonnie made many loyal friends as they happily toiled in the Pot of Gold serving the patrons. These lasting relationships with her employees and clientele were an important part of her life. After retiring from the gift shop Judy returned to her first love, nursing, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where she worked for 11 years in Labor and Delivery. Judy received her Masters degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas
at San Antonio UT Health Science Center upon returning to nursing. Upon final retirement, Judy commented "Now I'm a Super Nana Nanny!" Judy said being a successful mother, nurse, shop-owner and helping in rearing her grandchildren were the highlights of her life. Judy was a caregiver to many friends, neighbors and family. She cared for her mother and father, sisters and brothers and nieces, many of whom lived in her home for months and even years. She was a very caring, loving and thoughtful person who loved family, friends, caregiving, nursing and charitable giving. The family expresses thanks and gratitude to Dr. Fernando Lopez and his team of doctors, along with their staffs and numerous nurses at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Methodist Hospital and VITAS Hospice.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 a. m. at the University United Methodist Church at 5084 De Zavala Road 78249 in San Antonio, Texas. Remembrances may be made to the
or the American Brain Coalition, 342 N. Main St, West Hartford CT 06117