Today my friend Judy would have been 82 but she is no longer with us. She died on 17th February, 2009 after a battle with cancer.
I first met Judy when I began attending Perth College back in 1944. We were in the same class together for one year before she left to go to another school. I can't say we ever really clicked and in fact I didn't like her all that much as she was a bit of a devil and I tended to be a rather quiet child.
We met up again a few years later and became really close friends. In fact I was her bridesmaid when she married in 1950. This photo taken as we were leaving the Anglican church in Highgate.
Judy and I remained friends throughout the years, although there were times when she and I didn't always see eye to eye, but the important thing we had in common was that we both found it easy to laugh. We found we were able to laugh at ourselves and at each other as well as many other things. Actually I remember Judy and I having a good laugh about something probably quite ridiculous only a few days before she died which I think showed her strength of character.
Judy is often in my thoughts and I do miss her and in particular the wonderful laughs we had together.
(Her first husband Barry shown in this photo would have celebrated his birthday yesterday. He died on Christmas Eve in 2010). He was a pharmacist in Katanning for many years. I remember him well. He was a very nice gentleman.)