Judy Pickett, RIP
We were sorry to hear this past week of the death of our fellow missionary who lived in Chinhoyi (3 hours towards Harare from here). Judy would have been 75 years old in April. She has been sick for a long time with Arthritis, Diabetes and Hypertension and heart problems. She started feeling ill on Friday and her foster daughter, Kina, came out from Harare and was there with her. By Sunday night she was unable to walk or talk and Monday they moved her to Harare where she died about a day later.
Judy worked with women's groups in the area around Chinhoyi, teaching many to read the Bible, sew and cook. She worked at Chidamoyo for 9 years as secretary at the hospital. She moved to Chinhoyi when the mission was evacuated in1978 due to the increased civil war.
I replaced Judy for her first furlough in 1978 when I had just turned 18 years old. It was through this experience that I made the decision to become a nurse and return to help at Chidamoyo. She had a big influence on my life.
Her Homecoming service was on Friday at Hillside Chapel in Chinhoyi. Many people came together to bid her farewell. She was buried with her foster daughter Ireen who proceeded her in death in 1999.
We are rejoicing with her that she is now out of pain and sickness. A memorial for her is being set up which will be a scholarship fund to sponsor students through Zimbabwe Christian College where her foster daughter Kina and her husband Edmore work. I will pass on more details when we get them.