Judith Ann Starr Fabrizius

Thursday, January 24, 2019
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With courage, strength, grace and fierce determination, she may have lost the battle to cancer, but she never lost the fight.  On Jan. 18, 2019, Judith Ann Starr Fabrizius was freed of the pain and exhaustion and made whole again.  

Judy was born in Minot, North Dakota, on June 19, 1939, to Robert H. Starr and Lillian Mary Woods Starr.  She was raised in a farming family living in Rocky Point, Wyoming, then moved to Colstrip.  She graduated from Colstrip High School in 1957.  Her family moved to Billings when her dad became ill.  She developed her care-giving skills and sense of nurturing helping to care for her dad.  

After moving to Billings, Judy worked at Deaconess Hospital.  She made many good friends here and met her future husband, Edward Fabrizius.  They were married on March 13, 1967, and were married for 49 years before Ed passed away in March, 2016.  Ed found a piece of property on the Clarks Fork River and together they built a family farm.  

The definition of Mama Bear, her kids were always first and foremost.  She would move mountains for their protection, happiness and well-being.  She made every holiday special whether it was chocolates for Valentines Day, drawing the sweetest pictures on Easter eggs for our baskets, decorating cakes for our birthdays or filling stockings with Santa.  In addition to caring for her family, she fed numerous hired men with a table full of delicious, home-cooked from scratch meals, delivered lunches to fields, ran parts and chased cows when they were out.

Mother Nature was her CB handle.  A most appropriate title for a woman who loved nature and lived to nurture.  She cared for countless animals from baby birds to cats, dogs, pigs, calves and cows.  Dr. Randall once said to her, “Judy, you can’t save them all.”  But, she tried with all her might.  

Always a giving heart, she loved to gift her friends and family with thoughtful and meaningful presents.  Up until she could no longer communicate, she was thinking of others.

Judy enjoyed attending services and bible studies at the Methodist Church in Belfry.  The ladies would prepare amazing Harvest dinners every fall.  She also helped organize a church cookbook full of the wonderful dishes that were served at the Harvest dinner.   

Later in life she started working at Cedarwood Villa.  She enjoyed serving the residents and always took the time to learn what they liked and tried to make their meals special to them.  Forever a caring and thoughtful heart.  

Judy was preceded in death by her parents and husband.  She leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Laura Starr, niece Kristie Starr (Stacey Glenwinkel); her son, Jeff Braaton, daughters Cynde (Skip King), Jennifer (Bill Ryan) and Melanie (Gary Schaff); grandchildren Kyleigh, Seth, Ethan, Braydan, Liam and Mila; grand-dogs Roxy, Clancey, Comanche Sue and Pistol Annie.  Roxy and Comanche loved her so and made sure she was doing okay after every surgery she would endure. 

The words “thank you” seem so small and inadequate as to how we feel about the care Mom received. To Justin Botsford-Miller and team, your kindness, compassion and understanding made this process more bearable.  We thank you for sharing laughter and the inevitable tears with us.  And, to Jessica, Nicole, Judy and Terri of Riverstone Hospice, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring for and loving our mom.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Judy’s name to the Beartooth Humane Alliance, P.O. Box 2333, Red Lodge, MT 59068.

Because Mom wasn’t a huge fan of winter, a celebration of life will be held at a later (and warmer) date.  


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, September 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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