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Remembering Judy Culham

We are sending this information for anyone who did not see it in this month’s Capitol Voter. For once, I am at a loss for words…Judy personified all that is good about this organization. To begin, this is the announcement written by Judy’s family:

“Judy E. Culham, age 70, of Perry, Michigan passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021. Judy was born May 17, 1951 to William and Alice Weston.

Judy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Barry Culham; her children, Cari (Matt) Anson and Jessica (Chris) Carls; her loving grandchildren, Gabe Anson, Cullen Carls, and Drew Carls; her sister, Elaine Hansen; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Judy worked for Oldsmobile and GM for over 29 years prior to her retirement. Following her retirement from GM, she worked for the League of Women Voters of Michigan until her full retirement in 2015. She then continued as a volunteer until her passing. She loved her cooking shows, bird watching out the front window, picking out and instructing Barry on where to plant flowers in their landscaping, shopping trips with her daughters, and spending time with her grandchildren. Most of all Judy will be remembered for the strong love she had for her family and friends and the kindness and compassion she showed to everyone in her life.

She is preceded in death by her son, Eric Culham; her father, William Weston; her mother and stepfather, Alice (Larry) Wilson.

Memorial services for Judy will be held at a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.greastlansing.com for the Culham family. If desired, donations in Judy’s name may be made to the League of Women Voters of Lansing.

Our League family lost a treasure when Judy Culham passed away this weekend. Judy was not the face of the League but she might have been the heart. Judy and her husband Barry, worked tirelessly to keep our website up-to-date. That’s a background job that when done right is taken for granted. Judy is not a person who should be taken for granted. 

When she became ill this spring we developed temporary ways to keep the website updated because we had hope even in the face of pancreatic cancer. We had hope because our affection toward Judy could not bear the thought that her life could end. 

Judy’s involvement with the League started when she left GM and became office manager of the LWV Michigan in 2005. Part of those duties included administering the LWVMI website. Local League President Kathy Esselman wondered if Judy would be interested in running our website as well. Thus it began, and continued after Judy left her position with the State League.

Just a few weeks ago, Judy called me from the hospital to tell me that it was likely that she had no longer than 6-12 months to live. She was concerned more for her family and her very dear friend Pat Donath than for herself. So very much Judy.  I thought she would be alive through the holidays, so we were planning to get a number of members together to video attempts at caroling in an effort to cheer her though the season. The night fell silent on November 19th. 

I saw Judy as innocent, and by that I mean that she did not respond to the vicissitudes of life with cynicism. There was a faith that, beyond the unfathomable, there was hope. Judy’s tender soul made ours the softer and she will be deeply missed. Her memory will inspire us to forgive and love one another as we serve a cause a bit larger than ourselves. May she sleep in heavenly peace.

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RECENT ACTIVITIES  

 

LWVLA sponsored Candidate Forums for East Lansing City Council and Lansing City Council open positions. The forums were virtual and are available on the Candidate Forums page. 

LWVLA presented Plugging Into the Future: Making Wise Energy Choices on October 19, 2021 on Zoom.  View the presentation on YouTube to hear guest speaker John Sarver discuss options for replacing fossil fuel powered devices with electric versions.  Learn the comparative costs, health and climate benefits, the latest public policies and trends, advice on tackling climate issues specific to Michigan and watch short videos demonstrating electric vehicles and various appliances in action!  

UPCOMING ELECTIONS

November 8, 2022.  Other election dates for 2022 will be provided as they are known.  

 

 

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10 - 11:30 am  The book club will be reading Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie, journalist Lisa Napoli’s captivating account of these four women, their deep and enduring friendships, and the trail they blazed to becoming icons. Meetings are on Zoom; for more information contact Donna Mullins at donnamullinslwvla@gmail.com.