Judith K. "Judy" Eubanks

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Judith K. Eubanks passed away on Tuesday evening, February 6, 2018, after a valiant, fifteen-yearlong battle with Parkinson's. She died in the presence of husband, Cecil, and daughters, Rebecca and Jessica, and in peace, finally, from pain and suffering. Judy was born May 18, 1938, in Saginaw, Michigan. At the age of four, barely able to reach the piano keys, she began her music lessons; and, by the age of 15, was playing pipe organ for a large Lutheran church. Like so many women of her generation, and on the advice of her father and mother (Russell & Alice), she entered the University of Michigan to study nursing, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1960. Soon thereafter, she became head nurse of one of the last polio wards in the country at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Always interested in furthering her education, she received her public health certificate in 1964 and worked as a public health nurse for several years, before moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1968. Still a nurse, this time at Woman's Hospital, she continued to take piano lessons, primarily from Alumni Professor Jack Guerry at LSU, and decided to open a piano teaching studio of her own. The next thirty years or more of teaching students was her most gratifying professional experience. Her students went on to become composers, professional musicians, or, simply, occasional players of music. Some went to medical school, became engineers, teachers, lawyers, and social workers. All remember Miss Judy, with respect and affection. In the fall of 1992, Judy began taking undergraduate courses in music performance, theory, and pedagogy, with a view toward obtaining a graduate degree Course by course; "A" grade by "A" grade; she concluded a long, exciting, and arduous journey in the spring of 2000 with a Masters in Music, emphasis on piano pedagogy. When Chancellor Mark Emmert included special comments about her in his introductions to the gathered crowd, she beamed. It may have been her proudest moment. A marvelous cook, devoted mother and wife, and a beautifully spirited woman, Judy is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca and Jessica, and son Christopher, grandchildren Sean and Sarah, as well as her childhood sweetheart at the age of 12 and husband of 58 years, Cecil Eubanks. She would have wanted it to be known, as do we, that her "Daisy" friends, Joyce, Charlotte, and Mary, gave her unending inspiration and support during these past few years. Together, like Mary Oliver's mocking bird, their song was "born of quest" and their spirits lit the darkness. She would also want to thank, as do we, the marvelous caretakers who assisted her family throughout the final phases of her life: the incomparable "Queen" Leola, her personal and much-loved caretaker; the very kind Demecia of St. James Caring Companions; and Stephanie, Denise, Tanya, Christine, Lorraine, and Toni, all remarkable staff members who perform the sacred tasks of Audubon Hospice. A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, to be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Judy's favorite charity -- The Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2018
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