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Judy Jane Prather

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It is with great relief that we announce the heavenly joining of Judy Jane Prather with our Lord on Oct. 25, 2012, at 7:55 am.
Judy Jane was born in Lubbock, Texas, on May 2, 1946 to Gene and Merle Lutrick.
No matter what the circumstance, Judy always had a smile on her face, never complaining about her MS.
She never lost her faith even when she was suffering. She was a great teacher of what it means to love and guiding her children to the salvation of Jesus Christ. She was not only an exemplary mother, but also a best friend and true companion offering great lessons for life.
It was because of all these, plus many, many more, wonderful traits she possessed that made it an honor and a privilege for those who cared for her in her final journey into heaven.
Today we shall rejoice in the knowledge that Judy has passed the barrier of time as we know it and is forever at home with the Savior she faithfully served for over 66 years.
On Dec. 8, 1962, she was married to Bryan Prather who survives. Together, for more than 49 years, they experienced the changing scenes of life in their joyous and fruitful companionship, which the Lord had faithfully entrusted to them.
Surviving along beside Bryan are their three children: Nicole Prather and her spouse Wendell Leonard of La Luz; Odie Prather of Pinon, New Mexico, and Colt Prather and his wife Shelly Prather of Christiana, Tennessee. Judy is also greatly remembered and loved by her six grandchildren: Rain (and Rigo) Sanchez, Ford (and Ashley) Prather, Givin Prather, Shianne Prather, Ridge Prather, and Shaylee Prather, as well as her two great-grandchildren: Rhythm and Rhyver Sanchez and the soon-to-be born Ranger Lee Prather, who all endearingly call her Sweetpea. Judy is additionally survived by her mother Merle Lutrick of Dell City, Texas, and her brother Jimmy and his wife, Terri Lutrick, also from Dell City Texas, her niece Christy Ahrens and her children Coy and Tatum, her nephew Jy (and Ashley) Lutrick and his son Kale.
Preceding Judy in death was her father Gene Lutrick of Dell City, Texas, her grandmother Nita Overton of Fort Sumner, and uncle Bobby Lutrick of Estancia.
Judy Prather is survived by many more cousins, aunts and uncles that are not listed here. But most of them are from Texas.
There will be a fellowship gathering and potluck meal in Pinon at 11:00 a.m. followed by graveside services at Prather Ranch at 2:00 p.m.
The Prather family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit http://www.hamiltonodell .com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News on Oct. 28, 2012
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